Leytonstone News

Teenager stabbed to death ‘in broad daylight on busy High Road’

The attack took place shortly after 2pm on Saturday
By Waltham Forest Echo

Ghulam Sadiq, 18 (credit: Met)
Ghulam Sadiq, 18 (credit: Met)

An 18-year-old boy was stabbed to death “in broad daylight on a busy High Road” this weekend.

Ghulam Sadiq was attacked at around 2.15pm on Saturday, 6th August, on the High Road in Leytonstone.

Despite the best efforts of the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance, he died at the scene.

So far there have been no arrests but police continue to investigate and support his family.

Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Our heartfelt thoughts are with Ghulam’s family as they come to terms with this terrible tragedy, which no family should have to endure.

“He was attacked in broad daylight on the busy High Road on a summer Saturday afternoon. I know this will shock and appal the local community and I want to assure them we will do all we can to identify and bring to justice those responsible.

“The area is likely to have been busy at the time of the incident. I would appeal to anyone who saw anything at all of note to come forward and speak to us… No piece of information is too insignificant.

“I would also like to thank the local businesses and residents impacted by the road closures around the crime scene for their patience and cooperation while we carry out our this vital initial phase of our investigation. We will work as thoroughly and efficiently as we can.”

A local business owner told the Evening Standard that Ghulam was “a kind and gentle person” who always asked after him, his staff and his business.

He said: “To think that such a young life has been taken is an utter tragedy. I’m just so shocked and heartbroken that such a beautiful soul has lost his life at such a young age.”

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In a statement the day after the murder, Waltham Forest Council’s cabinet member for community safety, Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, said: “We are extremely saddened to hear of the tragic murder which took place in Leytonstone yesterday. 

“The whole community is shocked by what has happened, and all our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young victim at this very difficult time. 

“We are in close contact with the police and will support them as they investigate.”

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, with the reference 3896/06AUG. Alternatively, you can visit the Major Incident Public Reporting Site and look for Operation Waspgreen to provide information, images or footage.

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting the Crimestoppers website.

Crimestoppers never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use.

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