Southall stabbing teen victim named

The victim of a fatal stabbing in Southall has been named as Rishmeet Singh, though police say formal identification has yet to take place. The 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Raleigh Road, Southall, in the borough of Hounslow, on Wednesday (24 November). He is the 28th teenager to be killed on the streets of London this year, one away from a peak of 29 teen homicides in 2008.

Police were called at 9.07pm to reports of a stabbing, which happened after a fight involving a group of people. Officers arrived along with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, where Rishmeet was found with multiple stab wounds. Despite the efforts of the emergency services, he died at the scene a short time later.

The Evening Standard reported friends believed he was stabbed over a fake Gucci pouch he always wore.

Image above: Rishmeet Singh wearing the pouch

Police appeal for information

A forensics tent and discarded medical equipment, including a defibrillator, could still be seen lying on the driveway of a house after the incident. There have been no arrests at this stage. Police continue to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Detective chief inspector James Shirley, who is leading the investigation, said:

“I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my appeal for anyone who was in the area around Raleigh Rd just after 9pm on Wednesday, and saw this incident, to get in contact. You may have vital evidence that could help us progress this investigation.

“I would also ask local residents in the area, or road users who were around Raleigh Rd at the time of this attack, to check any footage they may have captured on doorbell, dashboard or CCTV cameras. If you can help, please get in touch.”

Images above: Cllr Ron Mushiso, Cllr Ranjit Gill 

Conservative councillors want more street lighting

Conservative councillors in Hounslow described the death as a “tragedy” and said they wanted to see better lighting on the streets in Hounslow. Councillor Ron Mushiso, the Conservative spokesperson for Children and Young People said:

“I was horrified to learn about the stabbing … it’s clear that young people are suffering disproportionately from knife crime in our city.”

Passing on condolences to Rishmeet’s family, he said:  “I urge the Mayor of London and the authorities to make tackling knife crime an urgent priority to protect our young people.”

The Conservative Group has tabled a motion at next week’s Borough Council meeting to ask the Council to increase streetlight levels across Hounslow in order to reduce black spots, which they said would make the streets safer at night.

Councillor Ranjit Gill, Conservative spokesperson for Police and Crime said:

“It is beyond a tragedy that yet another hard-working young man has lost his life to violence on the streets of London.”

Image above: Balloons released at Ali Abucar Ali’s candlelight vigil

Candlelight vigil for Brentford stabbing victim, Ali Abucar Ali

Only four days earlier, local residents and friends of Ali Abucar Ali held a candlelight vigil for him. He was stabbed to death earlier this month in Brentford, trying to help elderly woman Betty Walsh, who was attacked in the street outside a kebab shop.

There was a huge turnout for the vigil, which started at 5pm in Carville Hall Car Park with a minute’s silence, followed by a minute’s applause and the release of balloons.

Local ward councillor Guy Lambert said:

“It’s a very sad event but good to see that there are a lot of people there from all walks of life, It is moving, and I’m proud to be part of this community, for all its imperfections.”

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See also: Brother of Brentford stab victim criticises police community response

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