London Stabbings – Updates

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Bright Akinleye at Euston Street, Camden on Monday, 18 February as officers continue to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

Tashan Brewster, 30, [04.04.88] of Kennington Park road, SE11, was arrested on Wednesday, 20 February.

On Saturday, 23 February he was charged with the murder of Bright Akinleye.


Brewster appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court later that same day where he was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on a date to be confirmed.

Two other males arrested on Wednesday, 20 February on suspicion of murder have been released on bail to a date in late March.

Four men and seven women, aged from 19 to 28, who were arrested on Monday, 18 February at an address in Camden on suspicion of murder have been released on bail to return on a date in mid-March.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or the events immediately following the attack, is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0400, on 101, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.


Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following the murder of a 22-year-old man in Wood Green on Friday evening.

The investigation is led by Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

DCI Goodwin said: “This murder took place at a busy time of night in a heavy footfall area. I know that there are people who either witnessed the incident or who can assist with filling in the gaps in the information we already have. Do you know who the attackers are? Did you see what happened leading up to or immediately following the murder? If you have information or footage of any of the events surrounding this incident we need to hear from you.

“My team has established that the attackers were armed with at least one firearm, knives and a samurai sword. Some, or possibly all, were riding bikes.

“I know that people may be reluctant or afraid to speak with police, but making a single call could help to remove dangerous, violent individuals from your area and all information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

“If you don’t want to call police call the independent charity Crimestoppers – they won’t even ask for your name, but please, if you have information, do make the call.”

Police were called to Vincent Road, Wood Green, at 20.09hrs on Friday, 22 February to reports of a group of people fighting.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended.

Two men, believed to be aged 19 and 20, were found injured. They were taken to an east London Hospital by LAS and London’s Air Ambulance.

The 19-year-old injured male had suffered stab wounds. He died in hospital at shortly after 03.00hrs. Next of kin have been notified.

A post mortem will be scheduled in due course.

The 20-year old injured male suffered stab wounds and a gunshot wound. His injuries are not life threatening.

A damaged car was also found at the scene.

There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.

Anyone witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call the Homicide incident room on 0208 785 8244, call 101 quoting CAD 7309/22FEB or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or tweet information to police via @MetCC or online at

To pass on information anonymously online young people can also visit the youth website “Fearless”

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was fatally stabbed at a youth club in Brixton. 

DCI Mick Norman from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: 
“This was an appalling attack on a young man in a youth centre – a place where he was entitled to feel safe.

“All the early indications are that this attack was premeditated and targeted.

“My team need to hear from those who were at the youth centre either before, during or after that attack. The youth centre was open at the time and sadly many young people present would have witnessed what unfolded

“Many of them will be shocked and traumatised by what they saw and perhaps fearful of potential reprisals if they speak to police. I would urge them to get in touch and if they want to do so anonymously they can either call Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111 or give information anonymously online via the Fearless website.

“Anyone with information about the attacker(s) is also urged to get in touch.”

Police were called at approximately 18:45hrs on Thursday, 21 February to reports of a man stabbed on Minet Road, SW9.

Officers attended and provided the victim with first aid. London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance also attended.

The man, aged 23, was pronounced dead at the scene at 19:27hrs.

His next of kin have now been informed.

Although we await formal identification officers are confident they know the identity of the deceased.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

The Homicide and Major Crime Command have been informed and will be leading the investigation.

A number of detailed forensic and CCTV footage related enquiries are in hand and police are appealing for information.

At this early stage, no arrests have been made. Enquiries into the full circumstances of the attack are ongoing.

A crime scene remains in place.

Detective Superintendent Sian Thomas from Central South which includes Lambeth said:

“Tragically the local community is now coming to terms with the senseless loss of life. To take a young life at a place designed to help support and nurture young people is appalling.

“I completely understand the alarm and concern it has raised from those who live and work in the area and particularly for young people, many of who used the youth enterprise centre regularly.

“A crime scene will remain in place today as officers continue their painstaking work to piece together the details of the attack.

“I would urge the local community to be patient and cooperate where possible with the work detectives are getting on with in the area.

“My officers will be out working to support investigators today and be there to talk to the public and listen to the concerns they have. Neighbourhood patrols will be stepped up in the area and locals can expect to see more police. I would urge anyone with information on the attack to contact police without delay.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference 6141/21Feb.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111 or tweet information to police via @MetCC

To pass on information anonymously online young people can also visit the youth website “Fearless”

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