Wednesday, June 11, 2008

‘Tooled up’ Tamil gangs

Gangs of violent men from Sri Lanka are "constantly tooled up" and "ready to go", according to police.

There have been a number of violent clashes involving groups of Tamil men in Croydon and other parts of south London in recent years.

They culminated in the murder of 28-year-old Prabaskaran Kannan in Tooting last year. He was chased by a group of four men from Croydon who stabbed and slashed their terrified victim 31 times outside a fried chicken takeaway shop.

The chief investigator in the case which became known as the "Chicken Cottage murder" said Croydon's Tamil gangs were causing concern among officers.

Detective Sergeant Mick Snowdon spoke out about the problems surrounding Tamil gangs after five men were convicted of Mr Kannan's murder at the Old Bailey.

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