Godmother pays tribute to moped rider, 14, stabbed in & # 39; focused & # 39; attack in Waltham Forest

A 14-year-old boy stabbed in London is depicted on his moped and makes badge signs – like a policeman, the audience is disturbed & # 39; appalled & # 39; to feel by the murder.

Jayden Moodie was stabbed at least seven times in Tuesday & # 39; a targeted attack & # 39; after he was consciously beaten off his moped in the fourth London assassination in 2019.

Officers were called to Bickley Road, Waltham Forest shortly before 6.30 pm after reports of a traffic accident between a moped and a car and found Jayden in the way.

Tonight, his uncle, Josh Grant, posted a video of the youngster on Facebook stating that he & # 39; never will be forgotten. The video contained a picture of Jayden (photo) on a moped

Jayden Moodie (photo) was stabbed at least seven times in Tuesday & # 39; a targeted attack & # 39; after he was deliberately beaten his moped at the fourth homicide of 2019 in London.

Jayden Moodie (photo) was stabbed at least seven times in Tuesday & # 39; a targeted attack & # 39; after he was deliberately beaten his moped at the fourth homicide of 2019 in London.

The video posted on Facebook by Jayden's uncle at one point shows the 14-year-old wearing school uniform (left)

At another point, the video shows Jayden (photo) wearing a sweater and necklace

The video posted on Facebook by Jayden's uncle at one point shows the 14-year-old wearing school uniform (left). And at another he shows a jumper and a chain

Detectives believe that three men got out of the car and tied Jayden before they returned to the vehicle and drove. He was declared dead just after 19:00.

Tonight, his uncle, Josh Grant, posted a video of the youngster on Facebook stating that he & # 39; never will be forgotten.

The video contains a number of images, including one that Jayden shows on a moped and another that shows him in his school uniform.

The police are investigating whether the murder in Waltham Forest, North East London, was triggered during the rush hour by a row between rival gangs.

Jayden, who lived with his mother, is supposed to have moved to the capital just six months ago from Arnold in Nottingham – and friends said he was a humble & # 39; humble & # 39; boy.

Today, Superintendent Richard Tucker of the Metropolitan Police said that we ought not to live like this & # 39 ;.

He said: & # 39; Everyone is shocked and upset by this murder. The age of the victim, a boy of 14 years, saddened and I understand the alarm and the anxiety it has raised from those who live and work in the area. & # 39;

Jayden Moodie, 14, (photo) who lived with his mother, would have moved to the capital just six months ago from Arnold in Nottingham - and friends said he was a humble & # 39; humble & # 39; boy

Jayden (photo) was murdered last night in an area that is notorious for trafficking in narcotics and destroyed by so-called county lines gangs known to abuse children

Jayden Moodie, 14, (pictured left and right) who lived with his mother, would have moved to the capital from Arnold in Nottingham half a year ago – and friends said he was humbling a & # 39; humble & # 39; boy

Jayden Moodie, 14, was stabbed last night in Waltham Forest, North East London

Jayden Moodie, 14, was stabbed last night in Waltham Forest, North East London

Jayden & # 39; s uncle Josh Grant posted on Facebook that he would never forget the 14-year-old boy

Jayden & # 39; s uncle Josh Grant posted on Facebook that he would never forget the 14-year-old boy

This afternoon, Jayden's godmother paid tribute to the youngster by describing him as "full of life, love and sunbeam."

When she spoke at her home in Nottingham, Zoe Grant said: "He was a beautiful boy, so intelligent and had everything to live for.

"He went to London and then this happened, it is just so unfair. He was very loved by everyone. & # 39;

Grant said that Jayden's mother had called her to tell her the news of the teenager's death, and added: "I am so stunned by everything that has happened and I am shocked by everything.

The 14-year-old was previously shown his encounter with his idol Anthony Joshua, and appears baby-faced and smiling next to the boxer.

It is a stark contrast to the shock news that his family received on Tuesday night after the teenager was murdered in an area that is notorious for drug dealers and destroyed by so-called county lines gangs known to abuse children.

Tonight the police confirmed that the car used during the killings was recovered by officers and was treated as an important development.

The black Mercedes B-class was repaired this afternoon in the Carlisle Road area of ​​Leyton and remains on the ground for forensic recovery.

Separately, a man in his twenties, three blocks away, was stabbed in the face at 13.30 this afternoon and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

That incident happened seven minutes after the police had been called to report on a man who was being chased by a group of young people in the area – but did not find any victim.

Blood stains on the sidewalk in Waltham Forest today after the stabbing tonight

Blood stains on the sidewalk in Waltham Forest today after the stabbing tonight

The murder is the fourth of the year in London so far after less than ten days in 2019 – and twelve months of bloodshed in the capital that committed 134 murders.

Jayden is the youngest person killed in the capital since Corey Junior Davis, also 14, was shot deadly in September 2017 in Forest Gate, East London.

Today, Superintendent Richard Tucker of the Metropolitan Police said he could not sleep because he thought about what happened to such a young boy.

He said about the boy's age: "I think this will strike a chord with so many people and so many parents in the UK."

A policeman on the scene next to the cordon today in Waltham Forest, North East London

A policeman on the scene next to the cordon today in Waltham Forest, North East London

Flowers have left the site in Waltham Forest today after the 14-year-old boy died last night

Flowers have left the site in Waltham Forest today after the 14-year-old boy died last night

Mr. Tucker said it was too early to establish a motive or to say whether an incident a few streets away from the crime scene on Wednesday when a man was beaten was related.

He said: It is too early to say what the motives are, nor would I incite people to speculate. & # 39;

This evening also revealed that Jayden had spoken to members of a nearby youth charity organization at the moments before his death – which he occasionally attended.

Tim Evans, CEO of Worth Unlimited, said: "The loss of any life in a violent act is incredibly sad, but that this was a 14-year-old makes it all the more heartbreaking.

The & # 39; acting grandfather & # 39; from Stab victim is a tribute to the & # 39; loving & # 39; child

A family friend, who gave his name as Solomon, said that Jayden is a & # 39; amazing & # 39; and & # 39; Loving & # 39; child.

The man, who described himself as the "acting grandfather & # 39; of the victim, said: & # 39; We just need to know exactly what is going on, in which mortuary he is, we can see him, what is going on, that is what we need to know. ;

Solomon, who said that he was a youth worker, said that the system really "left the youth" & # 39;

He said: & # 39; They do not come to the streets because they want to – they have no choice. & # 39;

He added: "They should be given the opportunity to breathe like everyone else in the world."

Solomon said: "The whole family mourns, but no one has come forward to say A or Z, you know, & # 39; this is where his body is, you can come and get him, you can come see him & # 39 ;, nothing at all. I've been waiting there all night. & # 39;

He added: & # 39; Why is it so? & # 39;

& # 39; We knew Jayden, although he was not a regular participant in the sessions we ran. In the beginning of last night, some of our team had spoken with him.

We ran a youth work session about our youth bus in the same street and at the same time the incident occurred, although we were not aware that something happened after the alleged perpetrators fled the stage.

& # 39; Two of our youth workers provided support with first aid and with identifying the victim as Jayden.

Mr. Evans went on to say that the charity assists the police with their questions and expresses its deep sympathy with Jayden's family and friends.

He said: & # 39; There are no words to express the horrible waste and the horrible losses that have taken place.

& # 39; Our colleagues who were present yesterday are understandably upset by being so close to the murder and being involved in the aftermath.

& # 39; We do everything we can to support them and will continue to do so during the challenges of the coming days and weeks. & # 39;

Detective inspector Chris Soole, who is in charge the murder and the big crime team in their investigation, said: & # 39; Every murder is horrible, but the death of a 14-year-old boy is particularly shocking.

"Everything we know so far indicates that this seems like a targeted attack and that those who performed it had only one goal: killing Jayden with fatal injuries.

We continue to explore why Jayden was chosen and currently have an open mind. & # 39;

A woman looks at flower tribute near the scene in Waltham Forest after the targeted attack & # 39;

A woman looks at flower tribute near the scene in Waltham Forest after the targeted attack & # 39;

After recovering from the vehicle that was reportedly used in the attack, he said: "We consider the recovery of the car as an important development in our research, which is still very much in its infancy.

& # 39; Jayden's family is fully supported and kept up-to-date by our team. This is really a heartbreaking time for them and we are doing everything we can to find out who was responsible for Jayden's death. & # 39;

Jayden & # 39; s Uncle Josh Grant posted on Facebook yesterday: & RIP to my nephew … I can not believe I will never see you again. Uncle Josh will never forget you. & # 39;

He added: "I told him that six months ago they had to move from Arnold to London, there he had to behave there. He did not listen. He looked up at me like that. I tried to show the right way. I feel so damned and angry now. & # 39;

And his friend Jason Smith told the Evening Standard: "He was mostly on a pedal bike and not on a scooter. We are all shocked and destroyed. He has not bothered anyone.

& # 39; He was humble and calm. He just wanted to make his parents proud. He was very close to his family and just wanted to be happy with his life. & # 39;

Scotland Yard said the murder & # 39; a targeted attack & # 39; used to be. Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker said today: & # 39; Everyone is shocked and upset by this murder.

& # 39; The victim's age, a 14-year-old boy, saddened and I understand the alarm and anxiety it has raised from those who live and work in the area. & # 39;

He added that an order from section 60 was activated, allowing the police to stop and find someone without suspicion.

A man in his twenties was stabbed in the face this afternoon at a stone's throw from where Jayden had been stabbed. He was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries (the picture shows the police)

A man in his twenties was stabbed in the face this afternoon at a stone's throw from where Jayden had been stabbed. He was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries (the picture shows the police)

A police cordon was placed on the Lea Bridge Road / Bromley Road area after a man had suffered injuries on his face today. Just streets away from where a 14-year-old boy was stabbed

A police cordon was placed on the Lea Bridge Road / Bromley Road area after a man had suffered injuries on his face today. Just streets away from where a 14-year-old boy was stabbed

The police said it was too early to establish a motive or to say whether an incident was a few streets away from the crime scene on Wednesday when a man was beaten in the face (photo) was attached

The police said it was too early to establish a motive or to say whether an incident was a few streets away from the crime scene on Wednesday when a man was beaten in the face (photo) was attached

About the second incident today, a bus driver spoke on the spot: "I saw four men striking someone with a beard outside the Barclays bank.

& # 39; They had baseball bats, they beat him all over his body – it was four to one.

"He ran and they followed, when I got here, I saw how he kept his face on the floor. Blood was flowing – it was barbaric the whole thing. & # 39;

Meanwhile, Mr. Tucker said his priority was to reassure the community and that additional officers patrolled the area.

London has committed four murders in 2019

  • Charlotte Huggins, 32: 1 January, 4.20 am, Camberwell, SE5
  • Tudor Simionov, 33: January 1, 5.36 pm, Mayfair, W1
  • Sarah Ashraf, 35: 6 January, 6.20 pm, Isle of Dogs, E14
  • Jayden Moody, 14: January 7, 6:30 pm, Waltham Forest, E10

Lee Pomeroy, 51, was stabbed to death at Horlsey station in Surrey with a train on his way to London on January 4 at 1:00 PM

The Superintendent continued: "The overpowering factor is that he is fourteen years old. Many people say & # 39; young man & # 39; – he is not. He is a boy. He is 14.

It is shocking, it is a terrible event and this will have affected huge numbers of our young people and we have additional officers in the area and in schools to really reassure people that they are safe in East London. & # 39;

When asked if the police had lost control over the violence in London, he said: "No – I am confident that we have enough officers today to deal with what is going on.

& # 39; We should not live that way. I could stand here and talk about all the great work we have done in this area. The violence has been dramatically reduced. & # 39;

His comment was an answer to the concern about the Jayden's gauges, Ms. Grant, who said earlier today: "There must be more police on the streets and more things for the youngsters to do.

& # 39; The violence is out of control, it is not right.

I think there should be more things in the community to do. & # 39;

A large police cordon shutting off the murder scene remained in place today while the local residents expressed their anger at constant violence & # 39 ;.

One witness said: & # 39; The boy was beaten straight from his moped. He fell down and tried to escape – it was like a movie. Three men followed him and he was stabbed. & # 39;

The scene in Waltham Forest where a 14-year-old boy died after being stabbed last night

The scene in Waltham Forest where a 14-year-old boy died after being stabbed last night

He added: "I am sure this is a dispute about drugs. Teenagers are constantly fighting on this road and around the park – it is a postcode war. & # 39;

A storage employee at SS Builders Merchants said that a group of teenagers had been spotted an hour earlier in the murder scene.

He said: & # 39; There is a bunch of teenagers hanging out in the youth center. I saw a young black boy sitting on a moped when I had finished just after 17:00. & # 39;

Sam, a local father of two, said he was & # 39; deadly sick & # 39; was of the & # 39; almost enough constant & # 39; stitch parties. The 48-year-old said: & # 39; This was actually a nice area growing up.

& # 39; I enjoyed my teenage years. If you talk to someone here, they have their own story about someone they know, or someone who has seen them, is stabbed.

& # 39; A woman was beaten on Church Road last week – it's awful. My youngest is 15; what should he make of a boy of his age who is slaughtering two roads of our house? & # 39;

Speaking at the crime scene, an unnamed friend said that Jayden was a "popular guy". was that which always smiled & # 39 ;.

He said: "Jayden always smiled, he always had friends around him – he was very popular. We were not massively close because he was a few years younger than me, so I do not know his last name – but we would talk.

Detectives are investigating today in Waltham Forest after the 14-year-old boy was stabbed

Detectives are investigating today in Waltham Forest after the 14-year-old boy was stabbed

& # 39; I saw him hanging out of the chicken shop. The last time I saw him last week, he did very well, he seemed happy. & # 39;

Anthony Anderson, a mechanic who works in an alley next to the road where the stabbing took place, said he was the victim often & # 39; paternal advice & # 39; would give.

He said he thought that the victim, who he described as a "very nice guy", was over 14 because he had a mature posture.

Mr. Anderson said it hit him & # 39; hard & # 39; when he found out that the victim was someone he knew on Tuesday night.

He last saw the teenager, who would sometimes have his bike repaired and walked through the alley last week.

He spoke outside the garage where he worked and said: "He is someone I talked to a lot, tried to get him off the street, just tried to get him to school … it really hit me, I hit really when I heard last night. & # 39;

The victim was somebody with whom you have a & # 39; nice conversation & # 39; could have, said Mr. Anderson.

A policeman is standing next to flowers that were left on the spot in Waltham Forest today

A policeman is standing next to flowers that were left on the spot in Waltham Forest today

He continued: "As an older person, I tried to give him paternal advice, not only he, but all the young guys – when I saw them, I always tried to give them some paternal advice. & # 39;

He added: "He would listen to you, you could sit and talk to him and he would listen."

Anderson, a father of two, added: "I only hope and pray that this will all make a difference, with all of this happening, just because if they do something fast and fast it will become more serious.

"Many of those young children get caught up in a certain situation … and it will not get better if they do not have more police support in the area and more parental guidance. It will get worse. & # 39;

The police are looking for a black Mercedes B class with & # 39; extensive frontal damage & # 39; who hit the boy's moped before three men got out and stabbed him.

Detective Chief Inspector Larry Smith added: "Everything we have learned about this attack so far indicates that it was focused and focused on deadly force from the outset.

We do everything we can to catch those who have carried out this cowardly attack and brought them to court. & # 39;

An officer is looking at paperwork from the police cordon in Waltham Forest this morning

An officer is looking at paperwork from the police cordon in Waltham Forest this morning

The murder of Waltham Forest has shocked the local community. Paramedics made a desperate attempt to save the teenager, but he died shortly after they arrived.

A man who lives near the scene suggested that a BMW was involved and said: "I heard a huge noise and went outside. The boy was under the wheels of a blue BMW.

& # 39; Three men stepped out and struck him six times. He was already out of consciousness and could not move. They gathered around him.

& # 39; There were three; they were dressed in casual clothes and did not cover their faces. It was too dark to see who they were.

& # 39; They each had a long kitchen knife. They have slaughtered him in silence. He was stabbed six times. I ran outside to save him, but it was too late. He was so young.

& # 39; His helmet was beaten 10ft. He was stuck under the wheel of the car. It was horrible. & # 39;

A local entrepreneur said that Jayden was in his shop regularly. He said: & # 39; I kept telling him that I did not have to ride on that moped – I tried to keep it off. He was always respectful. & # 39;

A forensic officer investigates a moped at the crime scene in Waltham Forest last night

A forensic officer investigates a moped at the crime scene in Waltham Forest last night

Last night the street remained closed and a forensic tent was placed in the middle

Last night the street remained closed and a forensic tent was placed in the middle

A father-of-three, who was in the Raw Fitness gym nearby at the time, told the standard: "A boy here before saw everything. What happened was that a man was sitting on a moped without signs.

& # 39; A car came after him, who was deliberately beaten in him, then he fell to the ground. Three men then jumped out of the car, struck him from behind and drove away. & # 39;

The local population said that there were moped gangs of young people in the area, including drug trafficking.

Ali Yamah, a tire manufacturer who has been working locally for 17 years, said that the area can be intimidating at night.

The 48-year-old said: & # 39; Walthamstow – it is now quite famous. In my experience here is drug trafficking, this is the most important source. In the evenings, now it's winter, they put on masks.

Sometimes we are afraid, people are afraid of this type of behavior. & # 39;

Officially, officers were called to Waltham Forest in North East London shortly before 6:30 PM

Officially, officers were called to Waltham Forest in North East London shortly before 6:30 PM

The police believed that the boy had been involved in an accident with a car before being stabbed

The police believed that the boy had been involved in an accident with a car before being stabbed

A local resident, who did not want to get a name, told BBC News that crime in the area was getting worse and that she hoped to leave.

She said: & # 39; I think it's ridiculous. Every year, every month, something happens – all these murders. I have children and I do not see them growing up here. & # 39;

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: "Despite attempts by paramedics, he was declared dead at 7:19 pm. The relatives have been informed.

& # 39; There is a crime scene in place. The murder and large crime team has been informed. There have been no arrests. Questions continue. & # 39;

One man, who did not want to be mentioned, described how a witness entered the building where he worked in the neighborhood, clearly shocked by what they had seen.

Three men would have stepped out of a car and stabbed the victim before returning to their vehicle

Three men would have stepped out of a car and stabbed the victim before returning to their vehicle

The scene in Leyton, Waltham Forest in north-east London, where a 14-year-old boy died

The police said tonight that the youngster had driven a moped when he was involved in a collision with a car

The scene in the Waltham Forest area of ​​north-east London last night after the boy died

He told how the witness told him how the teenager who was sitting on the moped was struck by the car driving in the opposite direction.

He said: "They said that they had knocked him off the moped and got out of the car and that they had stabbed him seven times – there were invincible wounds in his back. & # 39;

The man added that the witness remembered how the boy might have been unconscious when he was stabbed, with his helmet thrown to 30 feet.

The man added: "He thought it was an accident that someone had beaten someone, but then he said they were coming soon [out of the car]. They beat him up and they put him down and they left. & # 39;

The police came on the spot last night to discover that a 14-year-old boy had received stab wounds

The police came on the spot last night to discover that a 14-year-old boy had received stab wounds

An employee at the nearby Raw Gym told Mailonline that he had seen a cell phone video of the victim on the road.

"It looked like it was stabbed backwards two or three times," he said. & # 39; This guy who comes to the gym sometimes had him on his phone.

& # 39; I saw on the phone that the police were trying to help the child and he was stabbed in the back. The wounds were very large. & # 39;

He said he understood that the victim had been hit by a car from his moped and then attacked.

Paramedics made a desperate attempt to save the teenager, but he died shortly after they arrived

Paramedics made a desperate attempt to save the teenager, but he died shortly after they arrived

The police participate in the scenario-signed forensic tests and it is expected that a cordon remains in place

The police participate in the scenario-signed forensic tests and it is expected that a cordon remains in place

Another local said that there had been problems between local gangs, especially the Beaumont Crew & # 39; and their & # 39; OC & # 39; (Oliver Close) rivals.

& # 39; They fight regularly. There are a lot of knives carried around. It is not safe to walk around here at night. & # 39;

Residents living on Bickley Road said they did not hear shouts or screams.

They said it was only when they saw the blue flashing lights from the emergency services that they knew something had happened.

Charlotte Huggins (above) was the first stitch problem of 2019 after being put into Camberwell

Charlotte Huggins (hierboven) was het eerste steekprobleem van 2019 nadat het werd gestoken in Camberwell

Eind vorige nacht bleef de straat aan beide kanten afgezet en was er een forensische tent in het midden geplaatst.

Forensische officieren in blauwe pakken konden worden gezien het beoordelen en kammen van het gebied voor bewijs.

De politie bevindt zich in de vroege stadia van het onderzoek met forensische teams ter plaatse, maar zal waarschijnlijk overwegen of bendetrivalaliteit een rol heeft gespeeld in de moord.

Stella Creasy, who has been a Member of Parliament for the London constituency Walthamstow since the general election in 2010, tweeted her condolences tonight.

Tudor Simionov, afgebeeld met zijn vriendin Madalina Anghel, werd doodgestoken buiten een VIP 'seksfeest' in Park Lane, Mayfair, op nieuwjaarsdag

Tudor Simionov, afgebeeld met zijn vriendin Madalina Anghel, werd doodgestoken buiten een VIP 'seksfeest' in Park Lane, Mayfair, op nieuwjaarsdag

Ze zei: 'Walthamstow is verwoest om te melden dat een jonge jongen – slechts 14 – vanavond zijn leven in onze gemeenschap heeft verloren. This terrible event on Bickley Road has only just been confirmed.

At the moment that all this is what I have – someone with evidence or information about tonight's incident, please call 101. & # 39;

Later, gisteravond, twitterde Sadiq Khan, de burgemeester van Londen, om te zeggen: 'Ik ben erg bedroefd door het nieuws van de fatale neersteking van een 14-jarige in Waltham Forest, en mijn gedachten zijn bij zijn familie en vrienden.

'Ik moedig iedereen met informatie over dit gruwelijke incident aan om contact op te nemen met de politie op 101 of bel Crimestoppers anoniem op 0800555111.'

Lee Pomeroy was met zijn zoon (samen afgebeeld) op een trein naar Londen toen hij werd neergestoken

Lee Pomeroy was met zijn zoon (samen afgebeeld) op een trein naar Londen toen hij werd neergestoken

De London Borough of Waltham Forest is verwoest door bendecriminaliteit, waarbij de lokale autoriteiten £ 3 miljoen in de komende vier jaar in een preventieprogramma hebben geploegd.

It commissioned a report, published in the summer of 2018, which found that so-called county lines of drug gangs were active in the area that fought more over money than over geographic territory.

These gangs are known to force children and vulnerable people to become involved in crime.

Het schokincident komt slechts enkele dagen nadat een 18-jarige man werd gevonden met steekwonden op het Blackhorse Road-station in Walthamstow.

He was rushed to the hospital after the incident on Sunday, where his condition & # 39; serious & # 39; used to be. De moord op Waltham Forest is de vierde in Londen in 2019.

Op zaterdag werd Sarah Ashraf, 35, dood aangetroffen in een flat op het eiland Dogs, East London, en haar 32-jarige broer Khalid werd beschuldigd van haar moord.

Charlotte Huggins, 33, werd het eerste moordslachtoffer in Londen dit jaar en stierf door een enkele steekwond in een huis in Camberwell om 04.50 uur op nieuwjaarsdag.

Een half uur later werd uitsmijter Tudor Simionov, 33, doodgestoken buiten een VIP 'seksfeest' in Park Lane, Mayfair.

Deze kaart van de hoofdstad laat zien waar de 134 moorden in Londen vorig jaar plaatsvonden

Deze kaart van de hoofdstad laat zien waar de 134 moorden in Londen vorig jaar plaatsvonden

De moorden gepleegd in de wijken van Londen in de afgelopen 12 maanden vertonen hoge moordeniveaus in Greenwich en Southwark - samen met Haringey (berekening van de Press Association vanaf 15 december)

The homicides recorded in London boroughs over the past 12 months show high murder levels in Greenwich and Southwark – along with Haringey (Press Association calculation as of Dec 15)

Separately, Darren Pencille, 35, is accused of killing 51-year-old Lee Pomeroy in front of his 14-year-old son on a London-bound train as it passed through Surrey on Friday.

Scotland Yard has released figures in December showing that the number of people killed in the capital has risen ten years in ten years, with more than a fifth of the victims being children and teenagers.

Last year 134 murders were registered by the Metropolitan Police, of which 24 where the victims were 19 or less.

Of these, 18 were stabbed, five were shot and one woman died of head injury. It was the highest total since 2008, when 155 were killed.

How London borough where Jayden Moodie was stabbed to death is notorious for gang-related violence

The London borough where Jayden Moodie, 14, was stabbed to death is notorious for gang-related violence.

A report for the local council in Waltham Forest warned last year that so-called ‘county lines’ drug gangs were operating in the area, and that the council has pledged £3million to tackle gang crime.

The gangs are known to involve children as young as ten in their drugs trade.

Several gangs operate in the area, with the two most notorious known as the ‘Beaumont Crew’ and the ‘Oliver Close Crew’ after the names of local housing estates. The murder was the third stabbing in just three days in the borough. A woman was left fighting for her life when she was attacked on Saturday.

An 18-year-old man was injured in a stabbing at Blackhorse Road Tube station on Sunday, with a 13-year-old boy arrested over the attack.

The leader of Waltham Forest Council, Clare Coghill said: ‘There will be members of our community who know, or suspect they know what has happened to this child. You need to come forward; to stay silent is to support murderers.’

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