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Monday, 14 August 2017

Man murdered in Salt Hill Park

Stabbed in darkness in the middle of the night

Report and photographs: Paul Janik
Two young men were stabbed in Salt Hill Park.
One died in Wexham Park Hospital 3 weeks later.
Police have started a murder investigation.
This public domain picture shows the murder scene

Park information

Slough Council owned Salt Hill Park is notoriously unsafe at night.

The park has two major pedestrian routes, well-used short cuts saving long detours. The paths are lit, when the lights work, but no CCTV covers either route. The routes are:

  • from the park's south-eastern corner at Bath Road / Stoke Poges Lane to the railway tunnels in the north-west leading to Baylis Park and the Sikh Gurdwara in Woodland Avenue.
  • from the south-west corner at Bath Road, next to the disused public toilets, near Windmill Road and opposite Montem Lane to the railway tunnels in the north-west leading to Baylis Park and the Sikh Gurdwara in Woodland Avenue.

The park has many unlit areas. They are deserted at night. It is impossible to see who might be lurking in the pitch blackness. Some of those areas are isolated, even in the daytime. This includes the skateboarding area.

The stabbings

Police say between 01:00 and 02:30 hours on Monday, 10 July 2017, a group of men were sitting on a ramp at the skateboarding area. That area would have been completely dark. It has no lighting and the street lights do not penetrate into the park's night time gloom.

In the daytime, the area looks like this:

The camera is pointing south-east towards the A4 Bath Road junction with Stoke Poges Lane.
The camera is pointing eastwards towards Stoke Poges Lane.

Police say 3 men approached the group. An altercation took place and two of the group were stabbed. The criminals then left the park.

Police do not say how they were alerted.

Both stabbed victims were 24 years old. One had serious life-threatening injuries and is believed to have remained in the skateboarding area.

The second victim tried to escape the frenzied attack and fled to the park's north-west corner by the railway tunnels. There police found him. This victim did not have life-threatening injuries.

Ambulances took both men to Wexham Park Hospital for urgent treatment. The second victim was later discharged but the first victim remained in a gravely critical condition.

On the day of the stabbing Detective Sergeant Lucy Deane, based at Slough, said:

I would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area in the early hours.

The area where the assaults happened is visible from outside the park and I would like to speak to anyone who saw any altercations taking place or anything unusual in the area of the park at around the time.

Visible patrols are taking place in the area and a scene-watch has been on in the park while officers investigate the circumstances which has since been lifted.

The murder

On Monday, 31 July 2017, the first victim died from his horrific injuries.

Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Unit started a murder investigation lead by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Shearwood. Mr Shearwood stated:

We have launched a murder investigation after the victim, who was assaulted three weeks ago, sadly died. Detectives have been working to piece together the circumstances of what happened in Salt Hill Park in the early hours of Monday 10 July.

There have been a number of arrests in connection with the investigation and our enquiries will be continuing. I would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area in the early hours.

The area where the assaults happened is visible from outside the park and I would like to speak to anyone who saw any altercations taking place or anything unusual in the area of the park at around the time.

On the same day, 31 July, police revealed

A 34-year-old woman from Slough was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause GBH with intent on 14 July. A 26-year-old man from Hammersmith, London was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on 17 July. Both were released under investigation.

A 25-year-old man from Croydon, London, who was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on 15 July, was released with no further action.

The dead man

The murdered man was Ismail Izzy Mohamed from the Wexham Court Estate.

Mr Mohamed, a former pupil at Westgate in Cippenham, had been an enthusiastic amateur footballer for many years.

Mr Mohamed's family has requested everyone to respect their privacy at this immensely stressful and very difficult time.

Police specialist family liaison officers are supporting the family.

Police hunt 2 cars

On Wednesday, 2 August 2017, police asked for the public's help to locate 2 cars seen in Slough during Sunday evening 9 July and early Monday morning 10 July.


Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw or has knowledge of a yellow Honda Jazz with the registration HN05 JDZ .....


or a black or dark blue Mercedes C230 registration HG53 UCE

Police would also like to speak to anyone who was in, or in the vicinity of, Salt Hill Park, particularly near the skate ramps and the junction of the A4 Bath Road and Stoke Poges Lane between 1am and 3am on Monday 10 July 2017.

The police's incident reference is URN 868 of 2 August 2017.

Did the crime actually happen in the skateboarding area or in a different part of Salt Hill Park ?

Repeated police claims

The area where the assaults happened is visible from outside the park

appear wrong. These pictures show it is impossible for anyone to see the skateboarding area at night.

Even in the daytime, the skateboarding area, shielded by trees and a tall privet hedge, can not been seen from outside the park - and not whilst walking along the park's footpaths.

From A4 Bath Road. The skateboarding area is behind the distant hedge.
From Stoke Poges Lane. The skateboarding area is behind the area with metal frames.

Izzy Mohamed's murder is an utterly stupid, senseless and barbaric act.

The stabber – who deliberately intended to severely injure Izzy and did not care if he killed him – will be jailed at the public's expense for many years.

Remorse or regret will never bring Izzy Mohamed back. He is gone for ever. What an incredible waste of a Human life at the peak of his existence.

All knife users must understand, the knives they carry are not for peeling apples or oranges – they are to grievously harm or kill another person.

Get caught and you will waste the best years of your life behind bars while your mates, associates and everyone else will be having a wonderful time.

Do you really want to spend many years locked-up in a small cell while the rest of the world carries-on oblivious to your existence ? It is a weird choice for any person to make.

Chuck your knives away and change your friends and associates. If they want to get jailed – are they really the best company for you ?

Talk to anyone who has been in prison and they will tell you, if they are honest, life is better outside prison than being locked in a small cell sometimes for 23 hours a day with no booze, no friends, no family, no girls and no happy life.

It is never too late to chuck-away the knives. Abandoning knives is a sign of real maturity and commonsense. It also makes you a better Human Being.