UNDERPASS MURDER: The dark history of 'muggers alley'
Updated 9:49am Tuesday 1st July 2014 in By Dominic Gilbert
CALLS have been made to make safe the notorious Oasis underpass, known as 'muggers alley' because it has been the scene of a number of violent offences and thefts.
Police have launched a murder inquiry after the body of a man was discovered at the notorious spot late last night, the victim of multiple stab wounds.
It is the latest in a string of crimes to take place in the area...
- In 2000, mugging victim Paul Bowen called for better lighting and security there after he was attacked and then followed home by a gang on two occasions.
- In 2002, drug addict Anthony Walsh attacked a man who tried to detain him after he stole CDs from cars in the Oasis car park.
- In 2010, a teenage gang was jailed for carrying out a series of violent muggings in the underpass, having admitted causing grievous bodily harm in two robberies.
- In 2006, a 71-year-old pensioner from Rodbourne declared she would not use the route again after being robbed at knifepoint in March of that year.
- In September 2011 a man and his accomplice robbed a teenager just outside the underpass, and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
- In August 2012, a trio of armed robbers used the path to carry out a daylight robbery and made away with cash from their victim.
- In December 2012, Harry Tabener ended a 10-day crime spree in the underpass by threatening and robbing a 17-year-old boy who had been walking there alone.
- Even as recently as May of this year, a 24-year-old woman was suddenly assaulted when an unknown male approached from behind and landed a single blow to the back of her head, leaving her with serious injuries.