A young man was shot and wounded in York Gardens on the Winstanley Estate on Thursday at around 2.15pm. Information from the council says the victim is in a stable condition – his injuries are not believed to be life threatening (although the Wandsworth Guardian reports he is “in critical condition”). Other information:
- Trident has taken on the investigation and enquiries are ongoing to trace and arrest the suspect(s)
- Police will be undertaking re-assurance patrols throughout the weekend
- Weapon sweeps will be undertaken in the local area
- Much of the area – including York Gardens Library was taped off as part of the crime scene all afternoon
- Police are looking for two suspects who were seen on a black motorcycle prior to the shooting. Witnesses saw the motorcycle made off along Plough Road, turning left into York Road.
- Anyone with information or witnesses are asked to call the incident room on 0208 785 8589 or anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
Groups of people gathered along Thomas Baines Road, in the square outside Pennethorne House and across the estate discussing the shooting and trying to make sense of what had happened.
Outside Ganley Court a mother struggled to answer her infant child’s question ‘Why do people shoot each other?’
The closure of York Gardens (where the air ambulance landed) was sad as a wedding party of 400 people was turned away from their booking at the Library.
I was on the estate for a meeting in York Gardens Library with residents and councillors to discuss £1m in National Lottery funding which was recently won to fund activities in the local area. The meeting went ahead in Thames Christian College’s school hall.
The key with the £1m Lottery funding is that the community – not politicians – will decide how it is spent.
The Winstanley Estate is also due to benefit from a large planned investment in Latchmere’s estates.
Tony, Wendy and I plan to spend the next few months listening to residents about how the Winstanley Estate can be improved.
Last weekend we heard ideas from 300 residents of the Winstanley Estate – tomorrow we will be knocking on doors on the York Road Estate. Ideas so far include: improved public space, a boxing club, cookery lessons for children, mentoring schemes, more family-sized flats, community gardens, more CCTV and “knock the lot down”.
Please get in touch with your thoughts about how we can make the Winstanley Estate a better, and safer, place to live.