Police appeal for witnesses as two arrested for Alton Street Poplar murder

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man in Alton Street, Poplar, E14 on Saturday. Detectives are appealing for anyone who saw two men fleeing the scene to come forward.

“Despite the two arrests that we have made this weekend, I am keen to hear from anyone who saw two males fleeing the scene on Alton Street where one ran toward the Docklands Light Railway at Langdon Park and the other ran in the opposite direction toward Giraud Street,” said Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Simon Stancombe of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Do you have phone footage of the incident?

DCI Stancombe is convinced that a number of people witnessed the incident itself or the immediate aftermath and may have filmed it on their phones and is asking them to contact the police or provide their footage.”

On Saturday, 15 June, officers arrested a 33-year-old man in Victoria shortly before midnight and at around 1730hrs on Sunday, 16 June a 28-year-old male was arrested in Croydon, both on suspicion of murder.

Both men remain in custody at east London police stations.

Anyone who witnessed the Poplar incident or has information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting CAD4256/15JUN, Tweet @MetCC, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

High-visibility patrols

Police patrols in the area were stepped up and over the weekend Section 60 orders were in place to provide officers with greater stop and search powers.

The Met’s Violent Crime Task Force has extended its targeted areas across London and officers from across the boroughs will be supported by specialist units. The Met will continue to undertake high-visibility patrols into the start of this week.

Vital role for communities

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matthew Twist issued a statement regarding the various incident of violent crime across London.

“The police, our partners and the public must work together to deal with knife crime and prevent further lives being lost. Communities have a vital role to play in tackling violent crime. We want to hear from anyone who may have information about people who may carry knives or firearms, or who are involved in organised drug crime and violence.

This information could save lives in the future. If you aren’t comfortable speaking directly to the police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers. They do not ask your name or trace your call.

If you are worried about someone, advice and support is available through organisations including Fearless or Knife Free.

If there are any young people who either have information about violence or knife crime, they can visit Fearless where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers and is independent of the police.”

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