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Teenager charged after fatal stabbing near Dagenham Heathway tube station

Wazabakana Elenda Jordan Kukabu was killed on Friday night (credit: Met Police)

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder after a teenager was fatally stabbed near Dagenham Heathway tube station.

Police were called to the area just before midnight on Friday, 5 May after receiving reports of two men armed with machetes.

Wazabakana Elenda Jordan Kukabu (known as ‘Jordan’), 18, from Romford was found with stab injuries and died at the scene.

A post-mortem examination was held on Sunday, 7 May and gave a cause of death as single stab wound to the chest.

The 18-year-old’s family have been made aware and are being supported by specialist officers.

A second man, aged 20, was also stabbed and taken to hospital. Police say he’s in a non life-threatening condition.

The 15-year-old suspect was charged on Wednesday, 10 May with murder, attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon. He will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 11 May.

Three others, aged between 16 and 20, were arrested on Tuesday evening in Suffolk on suspicion of murder and a separate offence of violent disorder.

A fourth male was also arrested in the Suffolk area on suspicion of assisting an offender and a separate offence of violent disorder.

All the suspects remain in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector James Shirley, from the Specialist Crime Command, said: “My thoughts remain with the young man’s family and friends. Dedicated detectives have been working around the clock since this tragic incident as we strive to identify and apprehend those responsible for killing Jordan.

“Our investigation is making significant progress. Local people have provided us with information, which together with forensic enquiries and analysis of CCTV is enabling us to build a picture of what happened on Friday night.

“I am grateful to everyone who has provided information. There will be other people with information that would assist our investigation and I urge them to come forward and share what they know or any relevant footage. This can be done anonymously through Crimestoppers should anyone prefer not to speak with police.”

A 20-year-old man, who was previously arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released with no further action. However, he was also arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and has been released on bail for this offence.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 8711/05May.

To remain 100% anonymous share your information via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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