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Cippenham man stabbed in Mercian Way Park

Bungling cops attack and arrest innocent men, claims witness

Report and photographs: Paul Janik
Dangerous Slough – bullet holes in park sign

On Monday 25 June 2018, circa 20:40 a man was stabbed in Mercian Way Recreation Ground, Cippenham, immediately north of the busy M4 motorway close to the Junction 7 spur.

The unprovoked attack happened by the tennis courts' chain-linked fencing.

The 21 years-old victim, a local resident, was stabbed in the left side of his head, on his ear and in his arm.

One of the victim's friends immediately called the ambulance service.

South Central Ambulance Service dispatched a paramedic team leader in a rapid response vehicle closely followed by an ambulance.

The ambulance service described the victim as having serious injuries. After initial treatment at the scene, the victim, in a serious but stable condition, was taken by ambulance to Wexham Park Hospital.

A witness has made serious allegations against the police who arrived at the stabbing scene. The Slough Times has put the claims to Thames Valley Police.

Allegation 1

The police attacked a personal friend of the victim who was running to the victim's home to alert the victim's mother.

Police pepper-sprayed the man, then arrested him and threw him in a cell at Maidenhead Police Station where he was kept overnight. When he was released from custody on Tuesday police told him he was being investigated for a criminal offence.

Another friend of the victim was also arrested and thrown in a cell at Maidenhead Police Station where he was kept overnight. When he was released from custody on Tuesday police told him he was being investigated for a criminal offence.

On Tuesday morning, 26 June, police issued a press statement:-

A 24-year-old man from Slough has been arrested on suspicion of affray and a 21-year-old man from Northolt has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

On Thursday 28 June at 12:21, the Slough Times asked the police about the pepper spraying. They stated:-

A man resisted arrest and captor spray was lawfully deployed to aide in the arrest of this person. Once under control, he was suitably treated for the effects of the spray which was continued at his arrival in custody.

When asked why they arrested the person who had made the 999 emergency call for the ambulance, police stated:-

We do not reveal the identity of arrested people and so would not comment on this.

Allegation 2

The witness' second claim is the police acted incompetently by regarding the victim's two friends as guilty of the serious knife assault. The witness emotionally told the Slough Times the police's bungling and pre-occupation with the victim's two innocent friends had lost an excellent opportunity to gather critical information about the crime – information that was then fresh and then available.

Police responded:-

If you provide us details of this allegation, we can look into this for you.

The Slough Times promised the witness complete anonymity. We do not have the person's details. However if the person or the person's friends and acquaintances read this, please contact us.

The crime scene in a relatively isolated area of the park.

3.1/2 hours later, when the impact of our revelations had sunken-in, police issued this second press release stating the police had dropped their criminal investigations into the victim's friends.

The Slough Times asked the police if they had apologised to the two innocent men they locked-up in a cell overnight; not forgetting pepper spraying one of them so severely that on site treatment for the effects of pepper spraying were ineffective and the innocent man had to be treated at the police station.

We are awaiting the police's answer.

Thames Valley Police is re-issuing an appeal for witnesses after a man suffered stab wounds in an assault in Slough on Monday evening (25/6).

Officers were called to Mercian Way at around 8.40pm to reports that a man was being assaulted at the Mercian Recreation Ground.

A 21-year-old man suffered stab wounds to his head, ear and arm and required hospital treatment.

He has since been discharged.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Zoe Batten, of Force CID at Slough, said:

Although we have had a number of people come forward with information, I am making a further appeal to anyone who was in the recreation ground between 8pm and 9pm to make contact with us on 101, quoting URN 1604 of 25 June 2018.

This was a very serious incident, although, thankfully, the man's injuries were not life-threatening, and he is now out of hospital.

There would have been a large number of people in the park at that time, and I am hoping other witnesses would have seen the incident and have important information to assist us in our investigation.

There is currently an increased police presence in the area, and if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to approach one of our officers.

We will be continuing to make further investigations and I re-iterate my appeal for witnesses to come forward, or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800-555 111.

A 24-year-old man from Slough who had been arrested on suspicion of affray and a 21-year-old man from Northolt who had been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent have now been released without charge.

It is puzzling that police have withheld:-

  • number of attackers
  • description of attackers

We suspect it was not a random stabbing. There appears much more to this incident.