Crime & the Law

Anthony Allen jailed for minimum of 22 years for barbers shop stabbing in North West London

Anthony Allen jailed for life with minimum recommendation he serve at least 22 years. Image: Met Police

Anthony Allen has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to life imprisonment with a minimum recommendation he serves at least 22 years for stabbing to death Crispin Siddon at Cutz barbers shop in Craven Park Road, Harlesdon in May last year.

Allen is 34 years old and from Tillet Close, Brent.

He left his victim with several stab injuries to the body and one critical wound to the heart.

Craven Park Road, Harlesdon- Cutz barbers shop on the left. Image: Google Street View.

Detective Inspector Simon Stancombe, said:

I hope that today’s sentence goes some way to providing Crispin’s family some justice and the community some reassurance that a dangerous man is now behind bars.

On 5 May last year Anthony Allen decided to secrete a knife in his jeans before going out for the day. He was not to know that a few hours later he would be involved in a fight with another man, Crispin Siddon. Allen used that knife to stab Mr Siddon through his heart, ending his life.

Mr Siddon was a loving son, brother, father and husband. His family are left mourning his death and wondering how someone could carry a knife so casually and use it in such a callous way.

Crispin’s sister Keshia Siddon, said:

I feel as though as piece of me is missing. From when I was a baby, my brother looked after me and expressed how much he loved his little sister. When our younger sister came along we were both overjoyed. All he wanted was the best for us and for us to make everyone proud.

When our nephews came along he would always say he wants his sons to do well in education just like his sisters.

Whenever we were together or on the phone he would say ‘I love you sis’ and spoke about how he couldn’t wait to see me graduate. The last time I was with him the last thing he said to me was ‘I love you sis, I got you’. This will stay with me forever.

Words cannot describe how much we miss him.

Maxine Siddon, Crispin’s mother, said:

Crispin encouraged his sisters to work hard and do well in their studies and do better than himself. He was a generous person who would always try to help others and could always put a smile on your face if you felt down.

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