A 17-year-old boy who was shot and killed by police during a street confrontation with officers in Shoreditch in East London last night was described by his friends, teachers and family members as a deeply unpleasant individual who was absolutely loathed by everybody he came into contact with.
Darren Bywaters, a sixth form pupil at John Ruskin Academy, was shot dead after producing a firearm when he was stopped by officers in a stolen car. The gun was later found to be a replica.
His mother, Dawn, spoke to reporters outside her home last night: “He was a horrible child almost from the word go and I’m glad to see the back of him to be honest. If the police hadn’t killed him it was only a matter of time before someone else did. In my view, they’ve done the world a favour.”
Bill Tomkinson, 57, the head teacher at Bywaters’ school was equally scathing: “I don’t wish to appear callous, but I opened a bottle of malt and had a celebratory drink when I heard the news. I couldn’t abide the little bastard and neither could any of my staff.”
Classmates of the dead youth gathered outside his home last night in celebratory mood.
Tony Walters, 17, told a BBC London News reporter: “When my best mate texted me to say that Bywaters was dead I jumped up and down on my bed with joy. In the end, my mum came up to see what was going on. When I told her the feds had shot and killed Darren she jumped up on the bed with me and we bounced around for a good 5 minutes or more. He is definitely dead, right?”
A number of people left messages on Bywater’s Facebook page last night. One school classmate posted: “How’s your luck arsehole?” While another message, believed to be from the boy’s father, simply said: “YESSSSSS!”