Detectives investigating the murder of Joseph Olopo in the Brent Cross area of Barnet on Friday 17 February have made two further arrests.

On Wednesday, 22 February a man, aged in his early 20s, was arrested in the Barnet area on suspicion of murder. He was taken to a north London police station where he currently remains in custody.

The previous day, Tuesday 21 February a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. He was taken into custody at a north London police station and later released on bail until a date late March pending further enquiries.

The investigation by Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers, continues.

On Friday, 17 February police were called at around 19:15hrs to Heathfield Gardens, NW11 following reports of a number of males fighting.


Officers attended and found a man – later identified as 21-year-old Joseph who was from Colindale – with a stab wound to his neck. He was taken by London Ambulance Service to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Next to kin were informed.

A post-mortem examination held on Sunday, 19 February gave cause of death as a stab wound to the neck.

Jason De Sousa, 21, of no fixed address, was arrested on Wednesday.

He is due to appear in custody at Hendon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday charged with murder.

The victim was one of two brothers that had been banned from entering the borough of Barnet for five years after magistrates issued a criminal behaviour order.

Joseph Olopo, 21, and Nicholas Olopo, 18, were arrested at Wykeham Road, Hendon, on August 27 2016 after a member of the public reported there was a fight in the street.

Willesden Magistrates issued the criminal behaviour order on October 27, the conditions of which included that the pair, from Essex, must not to enter the borough of Barnet, not associate with specified persons, and not cause harassment, alarm or distress that is having an impact upon a community (or solicit any other person to behave in this manner).

The length of the Order demonstrates according to Police, the degree of effect these individuals had on their community.

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses and information.

Flowers left at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Heathfield Gardens near Brent Cross. The deceased is 21-year-old Joseph Olopo from the Colindale area. 21/02/17 BP AMS

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that may assist the police investigation is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8358 0100 or the police non-emergency number 101, or via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the website.


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