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Renewed appeal in murder of Abubakkar ‘Junior’ Jah in Newham

News   •   Jul 01, 2021 07:30 BST

Abubakkar ‘Junior’ Jah, who was aged 18

Detectives investigating the murder of 18-year-old Abubakkar ‘Junior’ Jah in Newham continue to appeal for information and witnesses.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack on Junior, or the burning of a vehicle that is believed to have been used by his killer.

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, Junior 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.

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 Inspector John Marriott, leading the investigation said: “Two months on from this brutal murder I am renewing my appeal for anyone with information or footage to come forward.

“The incident happened in broad daylight at a busy time of day and I am confident that there are people who saw what happened, and also some people who have heard who did it.

“Junior was approached on Coolfin Road by someone in a Land Rover and during a horrific attack was shot with a shotgun before being stabbed.

“The vehicle driven by the murderer was later found burnt out at Routemaster Close, E13. Did you see the vehicle being burnt? Did you see anyone leaving the scene of the fire?

“If you were in the area at the time of the murder or the vehicle fire, do you have dash-cam footage? Do you know who committed the offence and why?

"My team is ready to hear from anyone who has something to tell us, no matter how small - the information you hold could prove to be vital to helping progress this investigation.

“A young man’s life was brutally ended and a family is left devastated without the benefit of knowing who was responsible and why. If you have any information, no matter how small, please make the call.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715, call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting 4050/26April.

Alternatively, you can provide information 100% anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers_uk.org.

+ Six people have been arrested in connection with the investigation:

[A] a 30-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday, 2 May.

Five people [B] a 20-year-old woman, [C] a 24-year-old man, [D] a 23-year-old man, [E] a 20-year-old woman and [F] a 21-year-old woman were arrested on Tuesday, 18 May.

They are all currently released under investigation.

= Hard calls save lives. Are you close to someone on the fringes of knife crime? Do the right thing, please give information, 100 per cent anonymously, through the independent charity Crimestoppers.

No piece of information about knife crime is insignificant or too small. Any information you give to Crimestoppers can make a difference in reducing knife crime and the harm it causes to families.

Crimestoppers never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use. Fill in their quick online form or call 0800 555 111. It could save a life.