Barking stabbing: Suspects still out there, say police

Joshua Bwalya

Joshua Bwalya - Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police has renewed its appeal for information on the fatal stabbing of teenager Joshua Bwalya.

Officers want to speak to anyone who saw a group of youths on bicycles in the area.

“They were dressed in dark clothing, and some of them are thought to have been wearing bandana-type face coverings and hoods,” said investigation lead Det Ch Insp Gary Holmes. “They would have looked out of place and I am certain someone would have seen where they went.”

Even though police charged two 19-year-old men with Joshua’s murder, Holmes said investigations are ongoing and “there are other suspects, who at this time remain unidentified.”

The 16-year-old died last week after a disturbance at a party at the Ripple Centre, Barking.


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He was found lying injured in the street in Movers Lane, near the junction with Ripple Road, in the early hours of August 2.

Post-mortem tests found he died from multiple stab wounds.

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Police found another 16-year-old and a 20-year-old man with stab wounds nearby. They were taken to hospital before being arrested on suspicion of murder, but both have since been released with no further action.

Kareem Lashley-Weekes, from Stratford, and Ayrton Ambrose from Peckham were charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder earlier today. A third man has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should call police on 020 8345 1570 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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