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Met Police release images of 20 people in Alex Ajanaku witness appeal

A reward of up to £20,000 is on offer for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those responsible for Alex’s murder in 2021

18-year-old Alex Ajanaku was murdered on the Beaumont Estate in Leyton in 2021, Credit: Met Police

Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Alex Ajanaku in Leyton in 2021 are renewing appeals for witnesses to come forward.

As part of the appeal they have issued images of 20 people who were in the area on the evening before Alex was shot and killed.

Alex was murdered on the Beaumont Estate in Leyton in the early hours of Wednesday, 1st September 2021.

Credit: Met Police

Detective Sergeant Fenton Davis, recently appeared on Crimewatch Live to appeal for witnesses. He said: “Although we have made four arrests as part of our investigation, we still need your help to identify who was responsible for taking Alex’s life.

“Alex was at a music event on the estate the previous evening and a large number of people would have been there. At about 11.50pm on 31st August 2021 there was an incident on the estate when a moped rider with pillion passenger rode through the event and it caused the crowd to disperse.

Did you see this incident? Whilst we do not believe the incident with the moped was the catalyst for Alex’s murder, we want to build up as detailed a picture as possible as to what occurred on the estate that night. Any piece of information could be crucial to the investigation.


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“Please do the right thing and call us. A reward of up to £20,000 is on offer for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those responsible for Alex’s murder.”

Credit: Met Police

Alex was fatally shot following an unlicensed music event on the Beaumont Estate.

In a public statement, the Met said that the 20 people they want to speak to were sitting on a nearby bench when the shots were fired.

The vehicle that is believed to have been used to commit the murder was a black Kia Sportage. It had been stolen from Chingford shortly before midnight on 16th August 2021. On 3rd September 2021, it was found abandoned and fire damaged in Walthamstow.

In a previous appeal Alex’s mum said: “My life was completely devastated by Alex’s murder. I loved him so much and miss him every day.

“I want to appeal to anyone who has any information about what happened or who is responsible for Alex’s death to come forward and talk to police.”

Anyone with information should call the incident room directly on 020 8345 3775 or via 101. They can also tweet @MetCC.

To remain anonymous, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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