MURDER: Residents blame warring gangs

PUBLISHED: 10:17 05 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:19 25 August 2010



RESIDENTS claim the 22-year-old victim of a brutal murder was caught up in gangland violence plaguing an estate.

RESIDENTS claim the 22-year-old victim of a brutal murder was caught up in gangland violence plaguing an estate.

Moses Nteyoho, known locally as 'Mo' was stabbed through the heart near to the Tilehurst Point flats on Tavy Bridge Estate, Thamesmead, after being set upon by five youths.

He was walking with a friend to the site's Youth Awareness Programme, which only relaunched two days earlier with a £22,000 cash grant, when he was attacked last Friday. His friend managed to escape from the gang.

Paramedics tried to save Mr Nteyoho, described as a "nice lad" by one shop owner, but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 10pm.

He is the latest victim in a week of escalating violence on the estate, according to residents.

Parents with young children described the stabbing as "horrific" and "awful".

Residents say there have been violent clashes between T-Block, a gang on the estate, with rivals Cherry Orchard, from Charlton. Just minutes before the fatal stabbing a 24-year-old father of two young girls went out to buy milk at 9.30pm. When he returned the area was swarming with police cordoning off a large area around the murder scene.

He said Cherry Orchard gang comes from Charlton and is also known as the ".com boys" and added: "That could have been me lying dead on the street, there are so many gangs around here.

"I don't let my partner go out by herself at night, it's too dangerous. I can't let my children play outside. When the front door is shut, that's it. It's like living in a prison but why should we be forced out?

"Last week a girl was battered with a golf club, there was blood pouring from her.

"I want to know where the community support officers are. They patrol on the other side of the road but don't come near here."

A 35-year-old mother who lives on the estate said there was a violent confrontation between Cherry Orchard and T-Block gang just two days before the fatal stabbing.

She said the violence was sparked by a boy from T-Block going out with a girl from their rival gang.

The mother-of-two said: "It's awful that this young man has been stabbed and killed, but I'm surprised something horrific like this hasn't happened sooner.

"Why are they doing this, why doesn't someone do something, are these kids bored or on drugs?

"When we call the police the kids hear the sirens and you can hear them shout 'split'".

Mr Patel, owner of supermarket Costcutter on the estate for more than 20 years, said: "If the victim is who I think it is, he was a nice lad.

"I see the kids, growing up then something horrible like this happens to them."

Officers from the Met's Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating, led by acting DCI Brian Mather.

DCI Mather said: "I have no reason to believe that Moses was involved in a gang. I don't believe he knew his attackers. However, at this early stage, I am keeping an open mind as to the motive for this brutal and senseless attack."

The five suspects, who fled in the direction of the car park underneath the parade of shops are black, aged in their late teens or early 20s and were wearing dark, casual clothing with hoods.

Anyone with information is asked to call 020 8345 3734 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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