A devastated sister has paid tribute to her brother who was stabbed to death on Wednesday night.

Mohammed Afzal, 37, died from his injuries three hours after the attack at 8pm in Trinity Road, just off Southall Broadway .

Two men are in custody after being arrested last night on suspicion of murder. The men who are in their 30s are today being questioned by detectives and a third suspect has been bailed until late September pending further enquires.

Mohammed Afzal’s sister Imrana Schneider took to Facebook last night to pay tribute to her brother. She wrote: “They’ve arrested someone. How will we ever get over this? My brother is gone. May my brother rest in peace and God give us all strength to carry on.”

Mr Afzal, believed to be a plumber, suffered a single stab wound at just before 8pm. He was pronounced dead at a central London hospital at 11.45pm.

There have been five stabbings in the Southall and Hayes areas in recent months creating a real sense of fear and confusion among people who live in the area.

 

Neighbours living and working close to this week’s murder scene have expressed anger at a perceived lack of information and reassurance from the police. They are now calling for more CCTV cameras covering the roads leading off Southall Broadway.

Mirza Khan 21, who works in authentic Afghan restaurant Watam, close to the scene of the murder said: “There was a murder this time last year at the fun fair in Southall. A man was stabbed just off Southall Broadway just a matter of weeks ago and now this. And when we ask the police here about what has happened they tell us they know nothing. So as a community we are left to rely on rumour. It is no longer safe to live in Southall. It is very frightening to live and work in this area now. I work in a restaurant so I finish my shift late at night and have to walk to the bus down streets which have no CCTV coverage. These streets lead directly off Southall Broadway which is becoming a very dangerous place, and so should have CCTV cameras. I am feeling very unsafe here and very scared.”

Jaggid Singh, 34, of Trinity Road, said: “I have been told by a third party who witnessed the stabbing that there were two men arguing over a girl.

“There was a big argument, a knife was pulled and a man was stabbed.

“Obviously this is a quiet street but Southall Broadway at night attracts trouble. We need more CCTV cameras and police need to tell us what’s going on.”

Patrick Horgan, 54, who also lives in the street, said: “I came out at 2am to get some food because I have insomnia.

“There was a very strange atmosphere. There were people running around very scared.

“All the emergency services were in the road. It was a very frightening scene. Southall Broadway at night is when all the prostitutes, drug dealers and thieves come out. These are very dark times.

“Everybody was trying to find the culprit and frightened about where he might be.”

Chief Inspector Colin Wingrove said: “In the wake of this stabbing we will be stepping up police patrols in the area to reassure and inform the public. Within 24 hours of the murder three arrests were made so we are actively working on this case as a matter of utmost priority. We have to be careful when informing members of the public about incidents that any information given will not jeopardise a future criminal case. Rest assured that we are working hard to make Southall a safe place and we will be bringing the culprits of serious crime to justice. The Broadway is well covered with CCTV cameras and as part of the regeneration in the area more cameras are scheduled to go up.”