Statement from Mayor Glanville and Cllr Selman

Hackney Town Hall

Following the death of a man in Clarence Mews on Thursday 5 December, the Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville and Cabinet Member for Community Safety Cllr Caroline Selman have issued the following statement:

We were extremely saddened to hear that a 22-year old man lost his life following an incident in Clarence Mews yesterday. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends, and we have already offered them support through this incredibly difficult time. As part of this work Council officers have now visited the family. We are aware that the impact of this will be felt throughout the community, and want to update residents on the response to this tragic incident.

The Council is working closely with the police to focus our support in the area as well as members of our Detached Outreach Team, who have been speaking to young people in the area to make sure they are supported. The police have also increased their presence and been given temporary additional powers to stop and search to reduce the risk of violence. We have already been carrying out targeted partnership work with the police in the area and this will continue. We have written to all residents and we will be visiting the area over the weekend to speak to residents.

The police have made an arrest in connection with this incident, but anyone with information should contact the Metropolitan Police Service on 020 8721 4961 or 101, and ask for the Hackney Major Investigation Team.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or contact Fearless, a website aimed at younger people where you can anonymously report crimes or issues of concern, and also access information, advice and support. Visit www.fearless.org/en.

Whether you are a parent, carer or member of the community, if you have any concerns about a young person, groups of young people, or a location where you feel children are unsafe and would like guidance and support, contact the Council’s First Access & Screening Team (FAST) on 020 8356 5500 (out of hours 020 8356 2710) or fast@hackney.gov.uk. FAST links professionals from our children and families services and the police, health and probation service to support young people and families in need. Support is also available for Peabody residents from the Peabody team at the Pembury Community Centre on Dalston Lane, or at any one of the Council’s youth hubs and projects. Visit www.younghackney.org for information. 

This further loss of life demonstrates that there is still more to be done and we will continue to work hard to do everything we can to tackle violent crime on our streets. 

There are many well-established initiatives which form part of the borough’s long-term strategy on crime and antisocial behaviour, and we are regularly developing new ways of supporting young people and vulnerable families based on feedback and understanding from our partners. For information on this work please visit www.hackney.gov.uk/crime-and-safety.


Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

Cllr Caroline Selman, Cabinet Member for Community Safety