We are shocked and saddened at the tragic fatal stabbing in West Kensington last week of Ayub Hassan, a 17 year old local resident.   Ayub’s friends, family and community are understandably reeling from this horrific incident.  The police are reaching out to local communities to ask what support is needed, and they are obviously the first point of contact if you have any information that might assist their enquiries, but Sobus would also be glad to provide whatever support we can to help you and the communities you work with, through this very difficult time.

Knife crime and gang culture is clearly a huge issue affecting communities up and down the country, with last week’s horrific news planting this issue very firmly on our doorstep.  While lots of organisations are working incredibly hard to tackle the problem, clearly more needs to be done on both a national, regional and local level and it is likely that in the coming weeks and months, we will come together to explore how we, as individuals, organisations and a community, can work together on this.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to this young man’s family, friends and community.  It is hard to imagine the devastation and grief that they must now endure.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC quoting CAD 4136/07MAR.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.”