Sunday, 14 January 2018

Mill Hill Focus #13 - The Mill Hill Community comes together to mourn Vijay Patel

The last week has been perhaps the darkest time for decades in Mill Hill. The horrific killing of Vijay Patel after an argument over the sale of a packet of cigarette papers by a group of teenage boys has left many local people feeling numb. The focus team felt that it was inappropriate to publish our normal newsletter last week.  Since then, there have been several developments. The Police have apprehended all of the culprits, two have been released on bail and one has been remanded in custody.  The local community has rallied around in a way that is perhaps unprecedented.

Two crowdfunding pages have been set up, raising a large and much needed sum for the family

click here for details of the community page 

The Mill Hill Shul has also has organised a donations page the response to both has been truly amazing with over £30,000 raised so far.

The local community also organised a vigil outside of Rota Express last night, followed with refreshments at St Michaels Church. The Bishop of Edmonton came down to assist Fr Stephen. A large crowd gathered and lit candles.

Vijay Patel's brother was in attendence. I spoke to members and friends of the family. Mr Patels wife is still in India, trying to get a Visa. The family are shocked and devastataed by the events, but are also touched by the community spirit and generosity of the people of Mill Hill. I was heartened to learn just how much warmth has been shown and how the family have appreciated it.

The local community are also organising a service for the community to pay respects and donate to the family Click here for details of  10th February community memorial event at The Sacred Heart Church. 

Leaders of the various communities will be present and there will be a finger buffet afterwards with refreshments. The event will start at 8pm, but the church will be open from 7pm. There will be the opportunity to donate to the appeal for the family. We will keep the community informed of the plans as the details emerge.

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It is important for the community that we keep the events of last weekend in perspective. We have demonstrated that we are a caring and resilient community. It is important to be respectful following such events, but it is also important to carry on and ensure that we continue with our lives.

We had planned that last weeks focus lead story would be the community litter pick in Mill Hill Park and Daws Lane Car Park. A of fifteen volunteers turned up, spending an hour clearing rubbish and litter. Over 22 bags were collected in total. A further litter pick is planned for February. Well done to all who attended.

It has been a bad week for our ice cream and frozen yogurt bars. It appears that The Creamery has closed and there was an armed robbery at Yogopink. We urge all locals to keep an eye out for our local traders and shop keepers. If you see something suspicious let the local Police know.

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