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Arrest made in Barnet murder

News   •   Feb 20, 2018 16:19 GMT

[Van recovered by police re: Barnet murder]

Detectives investigating a murder in Enfield have arrested a man and released an image of a van they believe was used by the suspects.

In the early hours of Tuesday, 20 February, a 46-year-old man was arrested in Wood Green on suspicion of murder and is now in custody at a London police station.

Police were called at 23.44hrs on Monday, 12 February, to Mount Pleasant, at the junction with Edgeworth Road, Barnet EN4 to reports of shots fired.

Officers attended and found 41-year-old Bulent Kabala of Enfield suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 00.15hrs.

A post-mortem examination held on 15 February at Northwick Park Hospital, gave cause of death as gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

An abandoned blue Ford Transit van, believed to be used in the murder, was found by officers in Pilgrims Close, N13 on Wednesday, 14 February.

The van, which was stolen in early January, had been fitted with stolen Polish number plates and left parked at Beaufoy Road, N17. The van was at the murder scene and subsequently found at Pilgrims Close after the murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh of the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said:

"Enquiries so far indicated that this murder was a targeted hit.

"We know that Bulent got out of his silver Mercedes car just as he had just entered a roundabout, when three or four suspects got out of the Transit van and shot him. They then got back into the van and drove off in the direction of Edgeworth Road.

"The van was stolen on 6 January and we are certain that it was in Beaufoy Road on 16, 18 and 20 January. It was discovered after the murder in Pilgrims Close.

"The van is really distinctive, due to its height and the fact it was a right-hand drive, UK vehicle but was on Polish registration plates.

"I want to know where the van has been, and who has been using it.

"It is vital that we hear from anyone who witnessed this incident, and from anyone who can help us understand more about Bulent's life and the people he associated with. Any fragment of information could assist the investigation. Please do not assume that we already have your information."

Mr Kabala's widow, said: "I've lost my childhood sweetheart, my best friend, my husband. My children have lost their dad. Nothing in the world I can say will bring him back, but I pray someone, anyone, with information comes forward. My family and I need closure. We will not be able to rest until we know justice has been served, so please if you know anything, come forward."

Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or tweet @MetCC. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.