Radio 1 DJ stable after being shot in bizarre South London drive-by...

Police are appealing for witnesses to the shooting of Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood last night.

Westwood and five other people were travelling home from an event in Brockwell Park in South London. At 10.40 pm BST they were moving along Kennington Road.

According to a Metropolitan Police statement issued this morning:


“It is believed a motorcycle carrying two male suspects drew alongside a car containing a number of people as the traffic moved towards the Elephant and Castle. A number of shots were fired. Two men travelling in the car received gun shot wounds. A number of other people in the car sustained minor injuries.

“A total of 5 people who were in the car attended a south London hospital.

“The suspects made off towards Elephant and Castle.

Westwood was shot in the arm and is said to be in a stable condition at St Thomas’s Hospital.

Westwood – whose hip hop Americanisms sometimes bordered on self parody – cut his teeth in pirate radio, including a stint at Kiss when it was an illegal station and joined Radio 1 from Capital Radio in 1994 and has been responsible for giving hip hop a huge presence on Radio 1. Police are particularly keen to hear from motorists in the area at the time who saw a motorcycle being driven erratically and at high speed. The suspects were wearing multicoloured crash helmets – no other description at this stage.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call 0171 326 1212 and ask for Kennington Control Room. If you wish to remain anonymous, call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111. More on this story as it breaks.