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Five teens locked up for total 27 years after Catford gun and knife violence
FIVE teens have been locked up for a total 27 years following a shocking afternoon of gun and knife violence in Catford.
Police were called to a fight in Beckenham Hill Road which left two men with knife wounds and one with gunshot injuries on August 21 last year at 4.55pm.
Anuar Niyangabo, aged 18, of Inchmery Road, Catford, was sentenced to 13 years in prison at Croydon Crown Court on November 29 for unlawful wounding and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and violent disorder.
Omar Suliman, aged 19, of Worsley Bridge Road, Beckenham, was sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and violent disorder.
Two 17-year-old boys from Lewisham and Bromley were each sentenced to six month's youth detention and a training order for violent disorder.
While a 16-year-old from Croydon was sentenced to an 18-month youth detention and training order after being found guilty of violent disorder.
The other youths had all pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this year.
Detective Sergeant Simon Mitchell, of Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "The robust policing response to this large scale violent incident meant that police were able to immediately make several arrests.
"This incident occurred at a busy time of day between a number of juveniles intent on causing harm to each other.
"Thankfully all three victims have made a full recovery, however, we hope today's sentencing sends a clear message that Trident will always act upon information given to us about those involved in this type of criminal activity, and will hold to account those who choose to carry weapons and who are involved in gang violence.
"Trident works closely with local boroughs to help people who want to escape involvement with gang violence.
"We work with local authorities and partners who can offer training, education, employment and housing support.
"However, for those who continue to cause harm in their communities through their violent criminality we will continue to target them and place them before the courts."
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