One person directly affected by the spate of gunh crime is Mrs Safabakhsh (pictured), 30, whose husband was shot at during a hold-up in the North Kensington off-licence in Golborne Road. The cashier, who has lived in the area for the seven years, feels that despite police following up on these incidents, nothing is really done to solve the long-term problem.

She said: "My husband is scared and still in shock. He is worried that they could come back again. There are lots of people in the area who are out of order."

She proposed that more youth clubs for bored teenagers could be a solution to tackling crime, and suggested that the council should place convicted teens into training programmes to help them make a better future for themselves.

"Otherwise what's the point," she added. "They go to prison and come back worse - it's a vicious circle."

Golborne Road resident Shakiru Anifowoshe, 47, feels there is a real problem in the area, which will only get worse if nothing is done to address the root cause. "There are far too many soundbites and nothing is being done to solve the problem," protested the businessman, who also runs an internet cafe on the street. "We need to change attitudes in society and in the home, as well as issues of morality and discipline."

Manchester Drive resident and father-of-four Khalid Kharchaf, 46, has lived in the area for last 25 years and recently returned from a trip to his native Morocco, said: "It's sad to hear things like this. Portobello Road and Golborne Road are not the same and things are changing, which is very worrying."

He suggested that more education for everyone would help the neighbourhood.

Former North Kensington resident Lisa Higgs, 38, said the area has changed in the last 10 to15 years and things are getting worse.The home care assistant, who now lives in East London, thinks knife crime is on the rise. She said there needs to be more police on the street and admitted crossing the road whenever she sees a group of teenagers coming towards here.

"I never heard of anything like this when I was growing up. You don't feel safe anymore with these 'traffic wardens' [Police Community Support Officers] walking about. We're a policeless state," said the mother of a 16-year-old son. "The only time you see the police is when they drive around in a riot van. We're going to end up like those American people who are afraid to go out."

Harry Lewis, 41, moved into Golborne Road three months ago and has no problem living in the area. The contract manager, who was on his lunchbreak, said: "It just all goes above my head. I go to work, go to the pub and then come straight home. Gun crime is everywhere but it doesn't really affect me. I have never had any trouble."

January 9: Gun-point robbery at Threshers in St Helen's Road, North Kensington
January 9: Gun pointed in a man's face as robbers stole his car as he pumped air into his tyres in Sainsbury's, Ladbroke Grove.
January 10: Multiple shots fired in Golborne Road as off-licence robbed.