Man jailed over stabbing at Loughton traffic lights

Mick Ferris

A man who stabbed a driver at a set of traffic lights in Loughton has been jailed.

Junior Lawrence stabbed the victim, a man in his 20s, at the junction of Langston Road and Chigwell Lane (A1168) shortly after 7.25pm on August 4 last year.

A witness told officers they saw a man, later identified as Lawrence, get out of a red Ford Fiesta and approach a white Volkswagen Caddy and stabbed the driver through the window.

Lawrence was then seen getting back into the Fiesta which then drove off.

The victim was discovered in Church Hill Road a short time later and had sustained stab wounds to his stomach and chest.

His injuries were initially considered life-threatening and a paramedic on the scene commented that the actions of officers and members of the public at the scene had saved the victim’s life.

Lawrence, 22, of New North Road, Ilford, was arrested about 15 minutes after the attack after officers saw the Fiesta travelling along Roding Lane, Chigwell before bringing it to a stop in High Road.

When in custody, blood was found on his clothing.

He was later charged and at Chelmsford Crown Court on June 20 he admitted GBH without intent and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

At the same court on Friday July 1, he was jailed for three years.

Investigating officer PC Cove, from Loughton CID, said: “Junior Lawrence stabbed the victim in broad daylight at a busy junction.

“The actions of the attending officers and members of the public where the victim was found ensured his prognosis was not even more serious.”

Mick Ferris

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