Monday, 20 May 2019
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Updated: Sunday, 15 January

Man stabbed with broken bottle outside Kennedy Park shops

2 assailants escaped

Report and photographs: Paul Janik
Kennedy Parade, Kennedy Park, Britwell, 3 hours after the vicious attack

Two male assailants used a broken glass bottle to stab another man in his back then successfully ran away. Later police staff could find no trace of the incident.

As the long awaited snow arrived in Britwell two young adult men, ages said to be between 18 and 22 years-old, stabbed another man, aged between 20 and 25 years-old in his back, on his lower right side.

The shocking attack happened outside the alcoholic drinks shop (off-license) in the Kennedy Parade of shops, Kennedy Park, Long Furlong Drive, Britwell, between approximately 16:30 and 16:50 today, Thursday 12 January.

Witnesses told the Slough Times the victim was stabbed outside the drinks shop, then tried to escape from his attackers and collapsed inside the Fish & Chips shop.

3 hours after the incident, a large yellow "danger - wet floor" sign was in the centre of the public waiting area inside the Fish & Chips shop. Witness reports received on Sunday, 15 January, assert the bleeding victim collapsed inside the Fish & Chips shop despite the shop's denial the wounded victim had entered the shop.

A witness said police were called and they then requested an ambulance.

Shopkeepers told the Slough Times the police cordoned-off the road to preserve the crime scene. This, they said, resulted in them loosing significant early evening business.

Witnesses gave conflicting accounts of the victim's skin colour. One white-skinned witness said the victim was "non-white" but another witness (a Sikh) described the victim as "white". The assailants' skin-colour was said to be white.

A Slough Times call to Thames Valley Police for basic information about the incident produced a surprising response that police personnel could not find any trace of the attack.

Police statement

Issued: Friday, 13 January 2017. 16:14 hours.

TVP received a report shortly after 4.30pm yesterday that a man, aged in his twenties, had been assaulted in Wentworth Avenue, Slough, and sustained puncture wounds to his back.

Officers and ambulance attended and the victim was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Anyone with any information about the incident should call police on 101.

Ambulance statement

Issued: Friday, 13 January 2017. 16:22 hours.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) were called at 16:37 to Wentworth Avenue in Slough.

We had on scene an ambulance crew and ambulance officer who were assessing and treating one male patient in his 20's. He was assessed and treated at the scene by our crews and taken onto hospital for treatment to non-life threatening injuries.

Kennedy Parade

For the public record this development was the responsibly of then council leader Cllr Robert Anderson and his deputy Cllr James Swindlehurst.

The Kennedy Parade of 7 shops, with very expensive rents as the result of Labour controlled Slough Council doing what Slough Times thinks was a dirty deal with profit hungry property developers, consists of 7 shops, all facing east, from the south to the north, they consist of:-

  • Chemists
  • Hairdressers
  • Drinks shop
  • Betting shop
  • Fish and chips shop
  • Kebab shop
  • Co-op supermarket

When these new shops were planned on the public open space known as Kennedy Park, which the Labour-run council declared was no longer required for public recreation, Slough Council's senior staff deliberately wanted to exclude a replacement Post Office.

In the Slough Times opinion it was a questionable attempt to reduce the quantity of shops from those present on the original site, on the west side of Wentworth Avenue, to less shops but all willing to pay substantially higher rents to commercial landlords than they paid to Slough Council.