Jimmy Mizen lived in Lee, just a kilometre or so down the road from where I stay when I’m in London. The 16 year-old was murdered yesterday by an attacker he had refused to fight. Jimmy is reported to have been a “gentle giant”, happy to give his dad a hug and a kiss.
Lee is a quiet residential area in the borough of Lewisham. Neither poor nor wealthy, Lee is not a violent place, and I have never felt threatened while walking its streets.
Jimmy is the 13th London teenager to be killed since the start of the year.