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Arrest in connection with Newham murder

News   •   May 06, 2021 14:00 BST

[Abubakkar ‘Junior’ Jah]

Detectives investigating the murder of Abubakkar ‘Junior’ Jah in Newham have made an arrest.

A 30-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday, 2 May in connection with the investigation. She was taken to an east London police station and later released under investigation.

Police were called at approximately 14:45hrs on Monday, 26 April to reports of an injured man in Coolfin Road, E16.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. At the scene, 18-year-old Abubakkar ‘Junior’ Jah, was found suffering from knife wounds. It was later established that he had also been shot. Despite the best efforts of medics he sadly died at the scene.

Next of kin were notified and formal identification has taken place. The family is being supported by specialist officers.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Wednesday, 28 April at East Ham Mortuary found the cause of death to have been knife and gunshot wounds.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley, leading the investigation, said: “Despite the arrest made, I am still very keen to hear from anyone who was in the Coolfin Road area at the time of the murder.

“We believe that Junior was approached by a man in a black coloured Land Rover Discovery and was shot and stabbed by that same man.

“Were you in the area around the time of the murder? Did you drive through the Coolfin Road area and possibly have dashcam footage from around the time of the offence that shows a black Land Rover? Do you know why, or who by, the murder was committed?

“My team is ready to hear from anyone who has something to tell us, no matter how small or insignificant the information might seem, it could be vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715, by dialling 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting 4050/26April.

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