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Detectives appeal to trace person in Notting Hill murder investigation

Detectives investigating the murder of dad-to-be Takayo Nembhard at Notting Hill Carnival are asking for the public’s help in tracing a person they urgently need to speak to.

Officers have already made four arrests but need to identify another male.

Takayo, aged 21, sadly died in hospital after being stabbed at around 20:00hrs on Monday, 29 August in Ladbroke Grove, under the Westway flyover.

Detective Inspector Laura Semple, Specialist Crime, said: “We are making good progress with our investigation into Takayo’s tragic death which has naturally left his family devastated.

“However, we really need the public’s help to tell us who this person is in the CCTV image we have issued today and anyone with information – no matter how small - about the murder to come forward.

“If you can help please get in touch immediately.”

Takayo was a rapper who lived in Bristol and had visited the carnival with his sister and friends. A post-mortem examination showed he died from a stab wound to the right groin femoral artery.

His family said: “Takayo’s death has left a painful ache for all who loved him and still love him.

“He was so looking forward to being a dad and would have made a fabulous one as he came from a strong family unit. His son was born on 9 November and although this should have been a happy occasion, it was bittersweet. Our family, which includes his girlfriend, continue to struggle with coping without him on a daily basis.

“Our family beg the public to provide any info they may have, be that videos or photos that were taken on 29 August in the Ladbroke Grove area.

“Please help us to bring Takayo’s killers to justice and therefore some comfort to us knowing he didn’t die in vain.”

There were several hundred people in the immediate area surrounding the murder and probably many witnesses. Detectives are still keen to hear from anyone with information, including anyone who was filming or photographing in the area at the time and may have captured relevant footage or images.

A dedicated page has been set up where witnesses can upload photos and videos of the incident. It is simple to use and can be accessed here - Public Portal (mipp.police.uk)

Information can also be provided by calling the incident room directly on 020 7175 2206 to speak to an officer, by calling 101 or by tweeting @MetCC quoting 7478/29AUG.

Anyone wishing to remain 100 per cent anonymous can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org. They never ask for your personal information and they do not track your device.

Four people have so far been arrested in connection with Takayo’s murder.

On Wednesday, 19 October a 23-year-old man [A] and an 18-year-old man [B] were arrested in Bristol on suspicion of murder.

A 20-year-old woman [C] was also arrested in Islington on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The 18-year-old man [B] and 20-year-old woman [C] were subsequently bailed pending further enquiries. The 23-year-old man [A] was released under investigation.

A 17-year-old male [D] was arrested in Bristol on Saturday, 22 October on suspicion of the murder and subsequently bailed pending further enquiries.

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