I have just returned from Brockley Station and seen that Coulgate Street and Foxberry Road are zoned off with blue and white Police tape.
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I genuinely hope that the short time between this incident and the shooting last week have arisen by chance rather than indications of a larger problem that has until now been below the radar of most people's experience. However the sight of blue and white tape and diversions on the way home tonight will cause concern to many and particularly when this has come so soon after the shooting incident in Brockley Cross.
I have asked for information and a response from Lewisham's officers and will let you know when I have this.
I spoke earlier with one of the senior police officers at Lewisham. He confirmed that (thankfully) the injuries sustained by the victim were 'not life-threatening or life-changing' - and I have taken that to mean that the victim will survive.
I expect to speak with the Brockley Safer Neighbourhood Team Police Sergeant tomorrow morning to learn about the plans for explaining the incidents to members of the local community and how the Police and Lewisham intend to respond to these incidents.
Quite rightly the local people need reassurance that they remain safe - but very visible and unsettling events like these can damage their sense of safety.
UPDATE 13:00 14 April 2010
I have spoken with the Police Sergeant at the Safer Neighbourhood Team and confirmed that the incident was in fact another shooting incident.
The Safer Neighbourhood Team will be conducting additional patrols in the area. Depending on how the investigation proceeds and whether there is a need to provide greater reassurance the Police may take some further actions.