Mother’s relief after her son returns from hospital following Crouch End stabbing

PUBLISHED: 12:03 11 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 February 2016

Crouch End Hill Food & Wine following stabbing

Crouch End Hill Food & Wine following stabbing


A mother has thanked her Crouch End customers for their “unbelievable” support after her son was stabbed during an attempted robbery at their family-owned store.

Scene at Crouch End Hill Food & Wine last SundayScene at Crouch End Hill Food & Wine last Sunday

Now her 24-year-old son, Kartal, is safe and has come home from hospital.

Vesime, who asked for her last name not to be given, said: “I’m happy because he’s out, he’s well. We were all just pretending [to each other] we were all going to be okay.”

“We’ve had unbelievable support. People have come in with flowers and cards. They’ve been crying with me; hugging me. In Crouch End there are lots of caring people.”

“We’re happy - we’re going to keep the shop.”

The family has owned the Crouch End business for two years.

Police were called to the Crouch End Hill Food and Wine shop last Sunday at 5pm.

Witnesses described blood on the floor following the attack.

Kartal, a university-educated shopkeeper, who also works teaching English as a foreign language, suffered stab injuries and was driven to a central London hospital by his wife.

Officers from Haringey are investigating.

There has been no arrest at this stage.

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