Detectives investigating the murder of Jaden Moodie have recovered a car believed to be involved in the incident which led to his death.
14-year-old Jaden was declared dead by paramedics at 19:09hrs on Tuesday, 8 January following an incident in Bickley Road, E10.
He had been struck by a car and then fatally stabbed in what police are treating as a targeted attack.
The black Mercedes B Class was recovered in the Carlisle Road area of Leyton this afternoon, Wednesday 9 January, and has now been removed for further forensic examination.
No arrests have been made at this stage of the investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Soole, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who leads the investigation, said: "We are treating the recovery of the car as a significant development in our enquiries, which are still very much in their early stages.
"Jaden's family are being fully supported and kept updated by our team. This is a truly heartbreaking time for them and we are doing everything we can to find out who was responsible for Jayden's death.
"I would urge anyone who has information about those responsible but who has not yet made contact with police to do so straight away.
"If you do not want to speak to police, please contact Crimestoppers, 100% anonymously, on 0800 555 111."
Additional officers are in the area and members of the public are encouraged to talk to them about concerns they have, or share information they think could help our enquiries.
Jaden's family have released the following statement:
"He (Jaden) had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone, especially his family. He will be sincerely missed.
"Jaden was a 14-year-old minor who had his whole life ahead of him. It should never have been viciously taken from him. It was very distressing that the majority of reports about Jaden mentioned London gangs and I would like to stress that Jaden had recently moved from Nottingham to London and had absolutely no affiliation with gangs. The focus needs to be on the fact that he has been brutally murdered in cold blood and deserves a fair chance at justice, as much as anyone else in this situation.
"If there are people in our streets that are capable of killing a 14-year-old child then no one is safe and they need to be caught and brought to justice. If anyone has any information regarding the incident, please come forward and help us get justice for Jaden as no one deserves to die in that horrific way. We take this opportunity to ask people to respect our family's privacy at this difficult time. Thank you"
Neighbourhood patrols have also been stepped up in the area.
Anyone with information is asked to contact incident room on 020 8345 3734 or tweet information to @MetCC.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.