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Armed hoodies caged for attack on cops

PUBLISHED: 15:38 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 25 August 2010

A GANG who threatened police with weapons during a turf war have been jailed. Woolwich Crown Court heard last Thursday that 12 youths advanced on cops in an extremely hostile way outside Kam s convenience store in Charlton Road, Charlton last June.

A GANG who threatened police with weapons during a 'turf war' have been jailed.

Woolwich Crown Court heard last Thursday that 12 youths advanced on cops in an "extremely hostile way" outside Kam's convenience store in Charlton Road, Charlton last June.

Police pushed their panic buttons to call reinforcements when they saw the throng of armed youths running towards them.

The boys, now aged 15 to 21, wore hoods and hats to avoid detection and one wore body armour.

When officers threatened the gang with CS gas they fled from the scene.

All were found guilty of violent disorder, although only one had pleaded guilty.

Judge Douglas Marks Moore said: "They acted as one and moved in an extremely hostile way towards the police.

"These defendants acted as a cohesive force to create violent disorder."

One carried a butterfly knife, noted by the judge as a "wicked weapon", but the Crown was unable to say who was carrying each weapon.

Police also found weapons including a kitchen knife, half a snooker cue, a sword-like pole, and a golf club scattered near the scene.

The prosecution alleged that the gang's appearance was connected to a "terrifying" attack in Kam's that happened shortly before their arrival.

A 19-year-old had been stabbed 14 times and hit repeatedly in the head with a hammer.

Three men, Zakaria Hagi-Daib, 18, Ahmed Mahamoud, 18, and a 17-year-old were jailed for the attack.

Greenwich police borough commander, Chris Jarratt described the attack at the time as part of a gang "turf war".

Judge Moore said: "It is quite clear from the evidence that gang violence has been a major problem in the Woolwich and Charlton area.

"I have police reports before me indicating that no less than 23 gang related matters have come before the attention of police."

Muhammed Abdirahman, 21, of Nightingale Vale, Woolwich and Saeed Abdi, 19, of Ramin Road, Blackheath were jailed for 15 months each.

Mustafa Mohammed, 18, of Llanover Road, Woolwich Common was described by the judge as "a young man of intelligence" with 10 GCSEs, before being given 18 months detention.

Bulhan Ahmed, 18, of Wordsworth House, Woolwich was sentenced to 10 months detention and training.

Harun Khaire, 18, of Rippon Road, Woolwich was given 15 months in a young offenders institution.

Three 17-year-olds, a 16-year-old and two 15-year-olds were given detention orders totalling 29 months.

Abdi Aziz Mohammed, 18, of Kashgar Road, Plumstead, who alone pleaded guilty, was given a nine month detention order.

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