Murder investigation in Plaistow As 20-year-old man stabbed to death

Police have launched a murder investigation into the death of a man in Plaistow.

A 20-year-old man was found with stab wounds inside a residential address in Hudson Close, E15 on Tuesday, 19 April.

Police and London Ambulance Service were called to the scene at 15:21.

Despite the best effort, the man was pronounced dead at the scene at 16:31hrs.

Police know the man's identity; however, they would wait for formal identification.

The investigation is being led by Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Allen.

DCI Allen said: "Although we are at the early stage of our investigation, we know that the suspect forced his way into the victim's home and stabbed him a number of times before leaving the scene on foot to Park Grove and from there towards Chad Green. The suspect was a black male dressed in all black clothing.

"The attack was brutal, targeted and has devastated a family. I urge anyone who saw anything suspicious around the time of the murder to get in touch. No matter how insignificant you think your information might be, please make the call.

"Similarly, I am asking anyone who was driving in the area and had a dash-cam to check their footage for anything suspicious."

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker, who is in charge of policing in Newham, said: "I am deeply saddened to learn that another young life has been needlessly taken by violence in east London.

"I know that this horrific incident will send shockwaves through our communities, and I would like to reassure local people that we are doing all we can to support our homicide colleagues as they progress their investigation.

"A young man's life has been ended in his own home, where he should have been safe. His family is now struggling to come to terms with their loss, and my thoughts are with them today.

"The community can expect to see a more visible police presence in the area around Plaistow to provide reassurance and to make officers available to discuss any concerns that people may have – please do approach them as they make their patrols."

Detectives are appealing to anyone with useful information or footage to call the incident room on 0208 3451 570 or the non-emergency number 101, quoting 4484/19APR.

Alternatively, witnesses report by tweeting @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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