Waltham Forest teens who committed spate of ‘horrific’ and unprovoked knife attacks jailed

A pair who committed a series of horrific knife attacks in London and Yorkshire in 2018 and 2019 have been jailed.

Arslan Ahmed, 20, who worked with an unnamed 16-year-old accomplice will serve nine years for the ‘unprovoked’ attacks, which took place when they were 17 and 13 years old, respectively.

The pair’s bloody spree – which left one man hospitalised for a month – began on September 7 2018 when a 16-year-old boy was found with stab injuries to his neck on Forest Road in Walthamstow.

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The victim, whose injuries were not life-threatening alleged that he had been approached by an aggressive man later identified as Ahmed, from Waltham Forest.

He was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm (GBH) and later released under investigation before being charged in March 2020.

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The following year on January 6 2019, Ahmed and the 16-year-old male boarded a 158 bus at Blackhorse Road Tube Station and became involved in an altercation in which an 18-year-old man was stabbed multiple times.

The attack was so violent he was hospitalised for a month due to the injuries sustained to his upper body.

In July 2019, the 16-year-old male was also involved in an unprovoked attack on Marconi Road, Leyton.

On this occasion, a 15-year-old boy was stabbed several times and taken to hospital where his injuries were deemed not life-threatening.

Finally, in October 2019, the pair were involved in an incident in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in which a man was attacked and stabbed.

His injuries were also not life-threatening.

After being sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on October 15, the pair were each handed heavy sentences.

Ahmed was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for section 18 GBH, two years’ imprisonment for section 18 GBH, and one years’ imprisonment for section 20 GBH, which will run concurrently with his other two sentences.

Ahmed will therefore serve nine years.

Meanwhile his accomplice, a 16-year-old male was sentenced at the same time to three months’ imprisonment for actual bodily harm (ABH), eight months’ imprisonment for section 18 GBH, and 93 weeks’ imprisonment for section 18 GBH.

He must also abide by an 18-month Probation Order on his release.

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Arslan Ahmed was jailed for nine years

Detective Constable Kelly Jones, North East Command Unit, said: “None of the victims did anything to warrant the extreme violence they were subjected to, but on each occasion were thrust into nightmarish scenarios that went from just exchanging words to knives being pulled and used.

“Some of these horrifying and sudden events were carried out, without any apparent care, in front of scores of onlookers who were left absolutely terrified by what was unfolding.

“In the January 2019 incident, but for the skill of doctors and nurses, the victim could have died. It could have easily been a murder investigation instead.

“Arslan Ahmed and his accomplice are dangerous and habitual knife carriers.’’

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