Blindley Heath Forman Institute ‘shocked’ by ‘surprise attack’ that hospitalised six bikers on club grounds

November 8, 2018
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The Blindley Heath social club where six bikers were hospitalised in an attack by a rival gang has said it is “shocked and saddened” by the incident.

A gang of 13 armed men attacked the group at around 7.30pm on Wednesday (November 7) while they were in an outbuilding behind the Forman Social Club and Institute in Eastbourne Road.

Three of the victims remained in hospital on Thursday morning (November 8), including two who were in a “serious but stable” condition, according to Surrey Police.

Lisa Smith, a trustee of the club, said: “The Forman Institute has been left shocked and saddened by the incident that occurred last night.

“I would like to confirm that no one involved was a member of the Forman’s and that the bikers who were victim to the surprise attack were not our local biker group.

“I would also like to thank those who were first on the scene to provide support until emergency services arrived.”

The gang, who were reported to have been wearing balaclavas, made their escape north on the A22 towards South Godstone, police said.

Police officers in Eastbourne Road, Blindley Heath after a fight allegedly between two motorbike gangs on November 7.
(Image: Louis Jose)

Ms Smith added: “There has been a lot of speculation as to what happened with the suggestion that this had something to do with our members or local residents. This is not the case.

“On behalf of the Forman Institute and committee we wish those that were injured a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with their families.”

A police cordon was still in place around the club on Thursday while police continued their inquiries, but no arrests had been made.

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Jenifer Comeau, 32, who lives in Eastbourne Road, said: “It was obviously planned, so it worries me that the people responsible were so brazen to do it at a time when there was a high possibility there may have been children around and that it was so close to home.

“I feel reassured, though, it reportedly wasn’t linked to local people.”

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Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday, who is leading the investigation, said: “The investigation is well underway and we have officers out in the local area conducting reassurance patrols.

“We understand that this is a concerning incident for local residents but we do not believe there to be a wider threat to the public and it is extremely rare for an incident of this nature to occur.

“If you saw something, no matter how small, then please pick up the phone as it could assist out investigation.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about those involved should call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference number PR/P18267846 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Blindley Heath Forman Institute ‘shocked’ by ‘surprise attack’ that hospitalised six bikers on club grounds

November 8, 2018
By

The Blindley Heath social club where six bikers were hospitalised in an attack by a rival gang has said it is “shocked and saddened” by the incident.

A gang of 13 armed men attacked the group at around 7.30pm on Wednesday (November 7) while they were in an outbuilding behind the Forman Social Club and Institute in Eastbourne Road.

Three of the victims remained in hospital on Thursday morning (November 8), including two who were in a “serious but stable” condition, according to Surrey Police.

Lisa Smith, a trustee of the club, said: “The Forman Institute has been left shocked and saddened by the incident that occurred last night.

“I would like to confirm that no one involved was a member of the Forman’s and that the bikers who were victim to the surprise attack were not our local biker group.

“I would also like to thank those who were first on the scene to provide support until emergency services arrived.”

The gang, who were reported to have been wearing balaclavas, made their escape north on the A22 towards South Godstone, police said.

Police officers in Eastbourne Road, Blindley Heath after a fight allegedly between two motorbike gangs on November 7.
(Image: Louis Jose)

Ms Smith added: “There has been a lot of speculation as to what happened with the suggestion that this had something to do with our members or local residents. This is not the case.

“On behalf of the Forman Institute and committee we wish those that were injured a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with their families.”

A police cordon was still in place around the club on Thursday while police continued their inquiries, but no arrests had been made.

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Jenifer Comeau, 32, who lives in Eastbourne Road, said: “It was obviously planned, so it worries me that the people responsible were so brazen to do it at a time when there was a high possibility there may have been children around and that it was so close to home.

“I feel reassured, though, it reportedly wasn’t linked to local people.”

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Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday, who is leading the investigation, said: “The investigation is well underway and we have officers out in the local area conducting reassurance patrols.

“We understand that this is a concerning incident for local residents but we do not believe there to be a wider threat to the public and it is extremely rare for an incident of this nature to occur.

“If you saw something, no matter how small, then please pick up the phone as it could assist out investigation.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about those involved should call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference number PR/P18267846 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/blindley-heath-forman-institute-shocked-15388203


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