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Joshua Bwalya
Joshua Bwalya

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New appeal for information in 2017 murder investigation

Detectives investigating the murder of a teenage boy in Barking in 2017 have released CCTV of young boys on bicycles that would like to identify in connection with the investigation.

Joshua Bwalya was aged 16 when he was stabbed by a group of young people on pedal cycles at the junction of Movers Lane and Ripple Road in the early hours of 2 August 2017. He died at the scene.

Despite an extensive investigation nobody has ever been brought to justice for Joshua's killing, causing further pain for his family and friends.

Detective Chief Inspector Perry Benton, from the Specialist Crime Command, said: "This was a cowardly and brutal attack on a young boy who had his whole life ahead of him. We know Joshua was pursued by a group of young people on pedal cycles before being cornered and repeatedly stabbed.

"Over the past four years have made a number of arrests in this case but we still need the public's help to bring Joshua's killers to justice. Somebody out there will have the information we need and I would urge them to do the right thing and come forward."

You can contact the Incident Room on 020 8345 1570. Alternatively, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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