Woman shot in the leg at East London club as she partied to see in the New Year

Terrified residents near the scene of a nightclub shooting in London said they fear walking to work every morning because they are faced with violent revellers.

A woman was shot in the leg as she partied at Visions Video Bar in Hackney, east London, in the early hours of New Years Day.

She was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A cordon set up after 5am this morning has been taken down but officers remain outside the self-described “infamous” club.

Police investigating have made no arrests.

A couple, who have lived in the area for 35 years, said they have to walk by drugged-up thugs every morning on their way to work.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “We are terrified. We walk by the place every morning at 5am on the way to work.

“You wouldn’t believe the things we witness.

“Just two weeks ago we saw five men throw someone to the ground, and start kicking him in the head.

“The bouncer just stood on the corner and watched.

“There’s been stabbings, we’ve seen blood all over the road.

“There is so much violence, there are fights every week, there are hookers and their pimps, it’s not right.”

Her husband added: “They are all on drugs, I saw one smash his head repeatedly on the bus stop until he smashed it.

“We’ve been here for 35 years and it used to be really bad, but when the Labour government did up the area in the 1990s it got so much better.

“It was safe and really nice to live in.

“But in the past two years it’s got really bad again. We don’t feel safe.

“It’s not right that we are terrified just walking to work in the morning.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police were called to a nightclub on Kingsland Road in Hackney, at 05:00hrs on Tuesday, 1 January following reports of a shooting.

“Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. A woman, believed to be aged in her mid-20s, was found with a gunshot wound to her leg.

“She was treated at the scene by paramedics and then taken to hospital. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

“There has been no arrest. Enquiries continue.”


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