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PremierLeague-News.Com - Michael Olatunde Fadayomi, 40, and Sven Badzak, 22, were stabbed to death within a street of each other
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Get FREE email updates for North LondonInvalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.I'M IN!When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeWillesden residents have been left terrified after 40-year-old Michael Olatunde Fadayomi became the latest victim of knife crime in the area. Football coach Michael, known as Tunde, who died protecting his teenage son after a fight broke out on the 460 bus, died a street away from where 22-year-old Sven Badzak was killed in February. According to residents, three stabbings have taken place on the section of Willesden High Road where Michael died in the last two years. Ambia Thebathasan, 51, who works as a pharmacist in a chemist opposite to where Michael died, pointed out to My London where similar incidents had occurred. "This is the third time this has happened on the same road in two years and a rape on that corner” she explained, pointing towards a bakery 50 metres from where Michael passed away. "[The stabbing] was in broad daylight. It is not comfortable, now we are scared." A Willesden resident, who did not know Tunde, placed a single rose at the scene of his death (Image: David Nathan) Willesden High Road has one of the highest crime rates in the whole of Brent. Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, in 2019, 2,173 cases of violence and sexual offences were reported within a mile of High Road, according to police data. At that time the annual crime rate on the busy high street was 215.3 per thousand population, higher than in 91 per cent of local areas in London. Since then the situation has not improved and a spate of devastating attacks have taken place nearby. Sven Badzak, pictured with mother Jasna at Christmas, was killed on Willesden Lane (Image: Jasna Badzak) On the neighbouring road, Willesden Lane, 22-year-old Sven Badzak was killed on February 6 while on his way to get some orange juice. A 16-year-old boy was also stabbed during the attack. “Imagine the fear he felt during the attack,” Sven’s mother Jasna Badzak told My London at the time. "And that’s become a normal thing. We’re seeing murder after murder after murder. "I saw a war in Yugoslavia, and it was nothing like this." Residents have been left to live in fear of constant attack due to the high crime rate. “We are so frightened and scared,” explained the manager at Amneh Grill, a kebab shop on the next parade of shops from where Michael was killed.
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. “It’s a very bad area. I have been here for 20 years. There is always trouble here, always people fighting,” he continued.
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“They killed someone here. They killed someone there,” he added as he pointed across the road to two shops. “People come for fights and challenge me. We live here because we are poor and have no other choice.” The consequences of the crimes go beyond fear. Amneh Grill fear they lost around £1,000 of business on Thursday since the shop was cordoned off as police dealt with the crime.
Flowers have been left outside Grill King on Willesden High Road in memory of Michael Olatunde Fadayomi
(Image: David Nathan)
Though the crime rate on High Road has reduced compared to recent years - in 2011 there were nearly 300 crimes for every thousand residents - knife crime seems to be on the rise, if the views of those from Willesden are anything to go by. Tia Anderson, 24, was forced out of the area when she was four years old when her mother was held at gunpoint. But though she wants to move back from Stratford to the area, the crime rate is too much of a deterrent. While visiting her cousin in Willesden, Tia told My London: “The reason I left North West London was because of a lot of gun violence. My mum had lost a lot of friends. “It’s still the same just now there are more stabbings than there are shootings.” Tia was moved away from the area after her mother was attacked.
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