Terrified mothers fear knife crime in and around a Fulham estate is out of control after two more people - including a boy of 13 - were stabbed last week.
The boy was knifed in the buttocks in North End Crescent on Saturday at about 10.30pm after being set upon by a gang of balaclava-clad thugs. He was taken to Chelsea and Westminster hospital where he was also treated for cuts and bruising to his head, and later released. Three men were arrested and bailed to return to police in July.
Detectives are linking the crime to a stabbing two days earlier in Rylston Road on the Clem Attlee Estate, where a 16-year-old was knifed in the head and arm at about 3pm. He was later discharged from Charing Cross Hospital. A 17-year-old boy was arrested and bailed until May after a kitchen knife was found in John Smith's Avenue.
The attacks came after a third victim, a 29-year-old man, was stabbed near the doctor's surgery in Lillie Road, which backs on to the estate, at about 11.25am on February 23.
Neighbours saw him stagger into the surgery to get help before he was taken to St Mary's Hospital with three stab wounds to the upper back.
Police, who are not linking this attack with the other incidents, say the victim had a disagreement with a stranger, described as being black, about 5ft 7-8ins tall, with short hair and wearing a blue tracksuit and hooded top.
The attacks have left residents, which include a large number of mothers and young families, fearing for their safety and scared to let their kids out, believing the area is now being ruled by gangs
One mother, speaking of Thursday's incident, said: "He ran down John Smith's Avenue and collapsed. An air ambulance tried to land but there wasn't enough room.
"My little boy saw it and was crying and all he wanted to do was get inside but the police wouldn't let him. I think it's gangs and it's scary."
Another mum said: "There's one gang round here causing havoc and it's too close to home. I don't want my kids going out any more."
Another said: "It's so tense round here and I'm frightened to be honest. I live and work here and things seem to be getting worse. There has been more police since the incidents but I think we need more security. We have been promised CCTV for years bit nothing seems to happen."
Fulham Broadway Safer Neighbourhood Teams say they have been increasing patrols in the area and have been posting leaflets through doors urging people to come forward with information.
Call 020 8246 2505 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 with information.