Seven thugs from rival gangs have been jailed for more than 17 years for taking part in a knife and machete fight in front of terrified shoppers in west London.

The two gangs came together wielding blades on Harrow Road, near Westbourne Park tube station on January 2 2019, for a pre-planned altercation. 

‘Drill’ rappers Jordan Bedeau, 18, Rhys Herbert, 19, and a 17-year-old associate were members of the Ladbroke Grove gang in west London.

While Damani Charles, 24, Brandon Wyse, 21, Youssef El-Idrissi, 28, and Osamah El-Badawi, 19, were from a rival group variously known as the Harrow Road Boys (HWB), or Mozart gang after the estate. 

Rhys Herbert, 19, member of the Ladbroke Grove gang in west London

‘Drill’ rappers Jordan Bedeau, 18,  (left) Rhys Herbert, 19, (right) and a 17-year-old associate were all members of the Ladbroke Grove gang in west London

Two women were violently barged by a knife wielding attacker in the fight that left one gang member stabbed in the stomach and another with a life changing facial scar.

CCTV evidence recovered from the high street shops showed the whole incident unravel, including a knife being thrown and one defendant holding an item which resembled a gun.

The 17-year-old from the Kensington-based Ladbroke Grove gang went to hospital seeking medical care after being stabbed but told police he had fallen off his bicycle.

Police found a Snapchat video of El-Badawi on his phone wearing a motorcycle helmet with face covering and describing a chase between the two gangs earlier that day.

Damani Charles, 24, from Mozart gang

Brandon Wyse, 21, from Mozart gang

Damani Charles, 24, (left) Brandon Wyse, 21 (right), Youssef El-Idrissi, 28, and Osamah El-Badawi, 19, were from rival group  known as Harrow Road Boys, or Mozart gang after estate

In the video he described an altercation when someone tried to stab him and then rode off and ‘writ off (sic) his bike’.

The Ladbroke Grove group were tried and had to be sentenced separately at Isleworth Crown Court.

Sentencing HWB members Charles, Wyse, El-Idrissi and El-Badawi, Judge Karen Holt said: ‘This incident took place on the 2 January last year in the area of the Harrow Road A4040 junction with Great Western Road.

‘This was an organised violent disorder of gangs, namely Harrow Road boys and the Mozart gang of which you are all of.

Osamah El badawi, 19, one of four gang members who tried to settle a dispute with two rappers and a teenager in a knife fight

Osamah El badawi, 19, one of four gang members who tried to settle a dispute with two rappers and a teenager in a knife fight

‘There was a relevant trigger incident, it was you Mr El-Badawi’s, mobile phone that was seized from your bedroom at a police search that disclosed the snap chat video on the memory of that phone.

‘I take the view that this was an extremely violent disorder, it was pre-planned with all the defendants arriving at the scene armed with large weapons, including large knives.

‘The knives and machetes in the hands of angry men only carry out this appalling behaviour mean you are in my view highly dangerous.

‘Knife crime and stabbing in our city so often result in tragedy and loss of life.

‘This incident occurred not late at night with no one around, but in a busy public area or cars, pedestrians and shoppers.

‘You Mr Charles used your knife, all four of you possessed a weapon.’

One gang member, described as ‘Green Arrow’ in the CCTV evidence, was standing apart from the group with arms outstretched with an item that clearly looks like a gun.

The groups then approach each other, all armed with knives making gestures at each other

Wyse threw a knife at the Skoda of the other group which missed narrowly.

Members of the public could be seen running away from the broad daylight knife fight in fear.

Charles was stabbed in the abdomen and tried to leave the scene but was found and treated by police.

The other males were arrested at their home addresses.

Charles, of Leander Road, Croydon, south London, admitted violent disorder and was jailed for three years and two months.

El-Drissi, of Ilbert Street, Westminster, pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was locked up for two years and 11 months.

Wyse, of Bensham Lane, Croydon, admitted violent disorder and received two years and six months.

El-Badawi, of Nutbourne Square, Westminster, admitted violent disorder and was sentenced to two years and 11 months.

The 17-year-old, from Hammersmith, admitted violent disorder, and breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO). He was detained for 10-months.

Bedeau, of Colville Square, Notting Hill, was earlier jailed for three years for violent disorder, possession of an offensive weapon and breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order.

Herbert, of Lonsdale Road, Kensington and Chelsea, admitted violent disorder and breaching his Criminal Behaviour Order and was jailed for two years and six months.

Bedeau and Herbert had each been handed CBOs banning them from posting violent rap songs in a bid to stop them inciting violence ‘in any shape or form.’

Detective Constable Russell Bryan, the officer in charge of the investigation said: ‘These men, running around armed with knives and other weapons, had absolutely no regards for the massive surge of fear and panic that witnesses and members of the public were feeling due to their selfish actions.

‘Although two of those sentenced suffered injuries, it’s sheer luck that no one was killed in this dispute.’

 

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