Stab death: Murdered Dagenham schoolboy, 15, named as Joel Adesina

No reports have been made to police

No reports have been made to police - Credit: Archant

Police have today formally identified the Dagenham schoolboy murdered during street clash on Friday night as Joel Adesina.

The 15-year-old died in hospital in just hours after the clash in Bethnal Green.

An ambulance crew answering a 999 call at 11.30pm found Joel with a stab wound to the stomach.

Surgeons fought to save his life, but he died at 2.15am on Saturday.

Detectives are appeal for witnesses after the stabbing during a clash between a group of youths on foot and the occupants of a car.

Joel was with the youths on foot. The area was later cordoned off.

Det Chief Insp Chris Jones said: “We want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this or has information which could help our investigation as soon as possible.”

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Witnesses or anyone with information about the clash just before the stabbing are being urged to call the incident room on 020-8345 3734, the non-emergency line on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

An 18-year-old youth was arrested at the scene in connection with the incident. He was taken in for questioning, but later released with no further action.