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PUBLISHED: 14:20 16 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:46 24 August 2010

A YOUNG man was stabbed to death, a teenager knifed in the eye and another left in a serious condition after a spate of violent clashes, writes Alex Wellman. Anthony Parkes, 20, of Springwell Avenue, Harlesden, was killed when he bled to death after he wa

A YOUNG man was stabbed to death, a teenager knifed in the eye and another left in a serious condition after a spate of violent clashes, writes Alex Wellman.

Anthony Parkes, 20, of Springwell Avenue, Harlesden, was killed when he bled to death after he was stabbed in the leg in the Caledonian chicken shop in Park Parade, Harlesden, at around 5pm on Thursday, November 5.

Kemal McLeary, 18, of The Mall, Kenton, appeared at Brent Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, November 10 charged with the murder.

He was remanded into custody to appear the Old Bailey on February 16, 2010.

Just three days later and police tape was outside another fast food shop in Harlesden after one teenager was stabbed in the eye and another in the arm.

The teenagers, one 16 years of the age and the other 17, both from south London, were attacked in Sam's chicken shop in Harlesden High Street, at 12.15am on Sunday, November 8.

The 16-year-old is likely to lose his eye and both remain in a serious condition in hospital.

One witness, who asked not to be named, said: "I saw these two kids standing across from each other and it looked like they were talking.

"Then one hit the other in the face and they started arguing again. About ten minutes later the one who hit the other in the face came back and it all kicked off again. One of them was holding his eye. I thought it was just punches but you can't tell when someone has a knifed in their hand.

"One of them jumped over the counter in Sam's to get away. It looked like a large group rounding on one or two others."

Cllr Lincoln Beswick MBE, Harlesden ward, said: "Whoever picks up a knife or gun and does harm to another is lower than scum and has no place in Harlesden, London or the UK.

"Three stabbings in three days is not acceptable and I urge anyone with information to tell the police.

"These people think they are tough but they are cowards and we will see how tough they are when the law gets hold of them."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0208 733 3709 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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