Aug 16 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
parsons crime scene
A MAN who has lived in Pinner for over 70 years left last week after a shock gang attack took place on his road last year.
Dave Parsons, of Village Way, Pinner, moved there when he was just seven years old, since then he has lived in the same house, after buying it from his parents in 1962.
Until now, he lived there with his wife, Sylvia, who is 70 years old.
The 80-year-old said: “Pinner is a lovely place, but this attack is unheard of. Me and my wife are getting older now and we do not want this sort of thing happening on our doorstep.”
The incident Mr Parsons refers to happened on October last year. Police investigated an allegation of an assault and arrested two men.
He added: “It is not the sole reason for us moving, but it has a huge impact on it. Pinner is a lovely area and it is such a shame that these sort of attacks are spreading from the city to the outer areas.”
Mr Parsons, who witnessed the attack, refused to go to court for safety reasons but made a statement to the police about the incident.
He said: “We have carried on with day to day life and not lived in fear but we just don’t want to be around that sort of behaviour. We are moving to Buckingham to be nearer our children and grandchildren. I will be sad to leave Pinner, I spent my whole life there.”
A spokesperson for Metropolitan Police said: “Police investigated an allegation of assault in Village Way, Pinner, on 24 October 2011. We can confirm that a 23-year-old man from Pinner was arrested on 24 October 2011 and released without charge. A 27-year-old man from Edgware was arrested on 23 December 2011 and released without charge. No further arrests have been made.”