The Crown & Pepper in High Street was forced to close after members of the notorious West Croydon gang Jaffna Boys attacked a bartender with links to rival gang the Tooting Tamils. S
Soon after the fight, just before midnight on October 17, Tooting Tamils launched an armed reprisal attack on the Jaffna Boys member, who narrowly escaped serious injury.
Detectives now fear the Jaffna Boys, a violent gang with links to attempted murder, drug supply and extortion, will launch a potentially fatal revenge attack focussing on the Crown and Pepper.So, how do the police propose to tackle this gang threat? Why, the way they seem to tackle everything nowadays - close down a business in the name of 'safety':
Detectives' fears led them to ask the Crown and Pepper's owner, Rajesh Shulka, to shut the venue as a precaution the night after the attack but he refused, so police issued a closure order.
The order was upheld by Croydon Magistrates' Court on October 21. The court said the restaurant must remain shut until a council licensing sub-committee meeting considered its status on November 5.It rather beggars belief that a nation that withstood the Blitz now cowers in fear before a gang of imported street 'diversity', doesn't it?
Metropolitan Chief inspector Duncan Slade: "It is of note that these premises are not a 'late night, club-style venue' but one that attracts families seeking a pleasant meal out.
"Such a clientèle would have no understanding of the risks they faced were our intelligence proved correct."And the risk to society of letting the gangs see that they rule the streets, Chief Inspector? What of that?
Oh, and don't ask them to produce any evidence.