Murder victim named

Detectives investigating the murder of a young man in Newham on New Year’s Eve have named the victim as 20-year-old Taofeek Lamidi.

Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 7.37pm on Sunday, 31 December, to Memorial Avenue, West Ham E15 to a report of a male stabbed.

Officers attended. The injured man was found at the scene suffering from a number of stab injuries.

Efforts were made by both officers and London Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene to resuscitate the victim but despite these efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:22pm.

While formal ID awaits, police say they are confident that the victim is Taofeek Lamidi, aged 20 and from Lambeth borough. Next of kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination held at East Ham Mortuary on Tuesday, 2 January gave cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.

The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command is investigating, and continue to appeal for information about the fatal stabbing, and for witnesses to come forward.

A statement said: “Taofeek was repeatedly stabbed, and was found lying in the street suffering horrific injuries from which he did not recover. Violent incidents such as this have no place on London’s streets, and we are urgently following up a number of lines of enquiry to trace those involved and responsible.

“We know that the victim was with a number of people at the time of the attack, and we urgently need to trace this group of young men.

“Memorial Avenue is a busy residential area close to West Ham station. We know that there were people in the area who witnessed the incident, and we need them to come forward. Any information provided will be treated with the strictest confidence.”

On the evening of Sunday, 7 January, officers will revisit the scene to appeal for information and speak to residents as part of the ongoing appeal for information.

There has been no arrest at this stage, and enquiries continue.

Anyone with information that may assist police is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4005 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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