The council leader has called for an end to the “cycle of violence” following two stabbings over the weekend.

The weekend of violence came just weeks after three men, Narinder Singh Lubhaya, 29, Harinder Kumar, 30, and 37-year-old Malkit Singh Dhillon, were stabbed to death in Seven Kings.

Cllr Jas Athwal, leader of Redbrdige Council, took to twitter to condemn the violence and call for government support “Over the weekend more senseless violence took place in incidents in Ilford…This cycle of violence cannot continue. We are facing unprecedented levels of knife crime on our streets. The Government must act now to prevent further pain & suffering.”

Cllr Kam Rai, deputy leader of the council, added on Twitter: “Saddened and angry to hear about the stabbings in Redbridge, regional and national government hold the levers of power and need to act now.

"They’ve sat on their hands and failed to lead a strategy to prevent this, we’ll demand answers.”

At about 3.45pm on Saturday, February 8 a man, believed to be aged 35, was stabbed at a residential address in The Drive, Ilford.

He was taken to hospital for treatment; he remains there in a stable condition.

Officers from the East Area Command Unit have charged Silviu Pungaru – 35, of The Drive, Ilford was charged with attempted murder.

He will appear in custody at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court later today (Monday, February 10).

Later that evening, at about 8.10pm police were called to reports of two males suffering stab injuries in Kinfauns Road, Ilford.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and the two males – both believed aged in their mid-teens – have been taken to hospital for treatment.

Neither male’s injuries are thought to be life threatening.

As of yet there have been no arrests and police enquiries into the circumstances continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and quote CAD 7069; alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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