Hard on the heels of yesterday's blog about the non-policing of Primrose Hill, today we get the appalling news from Canning Town of the young father shot dead by a gang of youths who have been terrorising the area.
Peter Woodhams had previously been stabbed by the same gang. But when he reported it to the police, they did absolutely nothing about it. His partner's father says "a gang of up to 20 youths, aged between 13 and 18, had been threatening the family since January when a stone was thrown at Mr Woodham's new Ford Focus:
"He got out to confront them and three of them attacked him. One said, 'Hold him while I do him' then stabbed him in the neck and slashed his face. He needed stitches and he complained to the police but nothing happened. We have been terrorised since then. Every time Peter walked to the shops they would be smirking and shouting. It seems this is the norm these days. These feral gangs are running around and the Government says it will crack down but never does."
The Met's response has been to apologise for "any hurt" caused by their abject failure to protect Mr Woodhams.
On hearing this, Mrs T's urgent advice to our friends in Primrose Hill is for them to get out. But as we said yesterday, at least Primrose Hill's residents are rich enough to afford private security. Those of Canning Town- and most places- are not. In the face of totally unresponsive and inadequate policing, their only realistic option is vigilante action. Which we presume is already in train.