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    Gumtree buyer stabbed in heart

    The victim had been in contact with his attackers on Gumtree
    Open heart surgery was needed to save a man stabbed in east London after going to buy a car from someone he contacted through the website Gumtree.

    The victim, 42, went to Barking to buy a VW Golf advertised on the site.

    But he was ambushed, then beaten, kicked and stabbed in the heart, lungs and abdomen, before the £5,000 he was to pay with was stolen.

    The car's true owner was unaware it had been offered for sale. Two men have been arrested by police and given bail.

    The incident happened on 30 July, but details have just been released by police who are desperate to find more witnesses.

    Describing what happened, Det Ch Insp Ellie O'Connor of Barking CID said: "It was broad daylight and a busy area so the gentleman thought he would be safe.


    These men were not messing about and it is but for the skill of the emergency services that he survived

    Det Ch Insp O'Connor
    "He could not see the car, so he put in a call to the seller.

    "Then he was ambushed from behind and knocked to the floor where he was beaten, kicked and stabbed four times."

    Det Ch Insp O'Connor continued: "Thanks to the intervention of a member of the public they ran off.

    "The passer-by then gave first aid until the air ambulance arrived."

    The victim, from north London, suffered a injury to his heart's pericardial sac and a collapsed lung, among other injuries.

    'Safety taken seriously'

    Although expected to recover, he is still too traumatised to discuss the incident, which police described as a "life-changing experience".

    Det Ch Insp O'Connor added: "These men were not messing about and it is but for the skill of the emergency services that he survived.

    "He will take two months to recover."

    A Gumtree spokeswoman said: "We take safety very seriously and regret that one of our users has been a victim of crime.

    "We work with law enforcement officers to keep the site safe and are helping police with this investigation."

    She added: "We strongly recommend that users meet in daylight, in a public place and take a friend."

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    33 Comments

    Poor man, very scary :x

    thats terrible

    thats terrible news :shock:

    thank god he is alright, what's with people these days

    Banned

    at least they got the scum by the looks of it.

    shocking poor guy

    That's terrible, what's worse is they've released them on bail! They could do a runner if they decided to, I mean they already stabbed and mugged a guy, doing a runner whilst on bail would be nothing to them.

    thats bad

    Very bad....reason i ask to meet at there homeplace (even when they insist maccies or town...i say no, and further don't deal) and take someone with me, and let others know where i am going.

    and carry a (_____) with me.....but i guess its too late once they stabbed the sh!yte out of you.

    taurus_the_bull;6123330

    Very bad....reason i ask to meet at there homeplace (even when they … Very bad....reason i ask to meet at there homeplace (even when they insist maccies or town...i say no, and further don't deal) and take someone with me, and let others know where i am going.and carry a (_____) with me.....but i guess its too late once they stabbed the sh!yte out of you.



    Carry a what???

    csiman;6123059

    at least they got the scum by the looks of it.



    Two men have been arrested by police and given bail.

    Yeah, they got em good!

    The victim, 42, went to Barking to buy a VW Golf advertised on the site.
    :whistling:

    If you knew the area... you wouldnt be surprised.

    I know that area, its not that bad

    strike;6124554

    I know that area, its not that bad



    I come from near there honey... it SO is that bad

    ClarityofMind;6124578

    I come from near there honey... it SO is that bad



    Im right next to it mane

    Its ok, apart from the police officers who keep stopping me :x

    strike;6124593

    Im right next to it mane Its ok, apart from the police officers who keep … Im right next to it mane Its ok, apart from the police officers who keep stopping me :x



    where do you think I get the same feelings about our friendly occifers from lol

    Really bad in East London.

    ClarityofMind;6124610

    where do you think I get the same feelings about our friendly occifers … where do you think I get the same feelings about our friendly occifers from lol :pReally bad in East London.



    Im from there

    Why do you think its so bad?

    strike;6124625

    Im from their.Why do you think its so bad?



    Lets see...

    schools
    graffitti
    crime rate
    the areas ugly
    the Dagenham " Attitude"

    East London has some nice restuarants:p

    ClarityofMind;6124722

    Lets see...schools graffitticrime ratethe areas ugly the Dagenham " … Lets see...schools graffitticrime ratethe areas ugly the Dagenham " Attitude"



    Schools are ok
    Graffiti is just art
    Crime Rate is over hyped
    My area aint ugly and thats normally estates
    ok, dagenham sux

    MarzBarz;6124738

    East London has some nice restuarants:p



    Sure does

    strike;6124748

    Schools are okGraffiti is just artCrime Rate is over hypedMy area aint … Schools are okGraffiti is just artCrime Rate is over hypedMy area aint ugly and thats normally estatesok, dagenham suxSure does



    :giggle:

    Banned

    given bail? is this for real?

    these people should be kept in custody and trialled as soon as possible, surely they are a hazard and danger to the genral public if they are capable of this?

    what gives?

    terrible thing to happen

    Not good press for Gumtree, that. If it'll even the balance any, I've bought dozens of things from Gumtree, and never had a problem. Far from it, actually. A few times, a five-minute drop round & buy has become four or five hours sitting, chatting, and playing guitar with each other, and I'm sitll in touch with some of the guys and girls I've bought from and sold to. Gumtree's ace.

    dxx;6124955

    Not good press for Gumtree, that. If it'll even the balance any, I've … Not good press for Gumtree, that. If it'll even the balance any, I've bought dozens of things from Gumtree, and never had a problem. Far from it, actually. A few times, a five-minute drop round & buy has become four or five hours sitting, chatting, and playing guitar with each other, and I'm sitll in touch with some of the guys and girls I've bought from and sold to. Gumtree's ace.



    Similarly I contacted some user name on ebay and arranged to go meet them and buy a cello from them, never gave two thoughts about safety, but it all went cool anyway.

    Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you dont.

    Some people are trustworthy, some arent.

    East London is generally rough - I wouldn't venture into some parts of Barking alone and I wouldn't venture anywhere with £5000 in cash

    I just can't believe the guys have got bail, it's an outrage :x

    Banned

    what purpose does gumtree serve othan that for casual jobs as evry other category seems to be rife with scammers and con artists

    shut most of it down for me

    talk about barking up the wrong tree, mad, barking mad. now, wers me jacksy . .

    Banned

    rugger-tyke;6126865

    talk about barking up the wrong tree, mad, barking mad. now, wers me … talk about barking up the wrong tree, mad, barking mad. now, wers me jacksy . .



    whos winning in the rugby at the moment rugger?:thinking:

    ClarityofMind;6125068

    Similarly I contacted some user name on ebay and arranged to go meet them … Similarly I contacted some user name on ebay and arranged to go meet them and buy a cello from them, never gave two thoughts about safety, but it all went cool anyway. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you dont. Some people are trustworthy, some arent.



    Ooh, I'd love a cello. They're my favourite part of any orchestra, and I've been wanting to buy one for years, but I've never seen one at a low enough price. Are you good?

    Why stab him, if they knocked him down they could have just ran off with the money??
    Some complete nutters walking the streets.

    Banned

    wow this is not good i am so pleased he managed to live, god bless him with his recovery
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