Leyton News

Reward offered for help to catch Leyton estate killer

Police have released CCTV footage from that night for the first time
By Waltham Forest Echo

Alex Ajanaku was shot to death on the Beaumont Estate last September
Alex Ajanaku was shot to death on the Beaumont Estate last September

Police investigating a fatal shooting on a Leyton estate last year have offered a £20,000 reward for help to catch the killer.

Alex Ajanaku, an 18-year-old from south London, was shot in Beaumont Road on the Beaumont Estate in the early hours of 1st September last year.

Police believe Alex had attended a party on the estate that night and was sitting on the bench with a small group of friends when he was shot.

They also believe his killer travelled in a black Kia Sportage, which had been stolen from Chingford and was found abandoned and burned in Walthamstow two days later.

Detective Sergeant Fenton Davis, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Alex was just 18 when he was murdered. His life was brutally ended before it had really begun, leaving his family devastated and desperate for answers.

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“There are people out there who know who was responsible for Alex’s death and also know important information about the use and subsequent damage to the stolen Kia. I urge those people to come forward and provide the information to police.”

The car is thought to have been stolen on 16th August and have links to Leyton, Walthamstow and Upper Clapton. Police hope to receive information about where it was in the days leading up to and immediately after Alex’s death.

CCTV footage of the stolen car (credit: Met)

A 43-year-old man was arrested the following day on suspicion of murder but was eventually released with no further action.

Last December, in an attempt to prevent further bloodshed, the community centre on the estate was revived to offer a safe place for local young people to hang out.

Anyone with information should call the incident room directly on 020 8345 3775 or the general police non-emergency number 101. They can also tweet @MetCC.

To remain 100 per cent anonymous, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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