Leyton News

Man arrested following Josh McKay murder

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the fatal stabbing of Josh McKay in Leyton on Saturday

Inset: Josh McKay, Credit: Met Police, Main image: Lea Bridge Road where he was stabbed. Credit: Google Streetview

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the fatal stabbing of 33-year-old Josh McKay on Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, in broad daylight on Saturday (6th July).

The father-of-two, from Waltham Forest, was attacked shortly before 3pm outside a barber shop.

Officers, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene but were sadly unable to revive him.

Metropolitan Police officers today arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the murder. He is currently in custody.

In a statement released by the police, Josh’s family said: “The heart of our family has stopped beating. The world is less bright without his beautiful smile.”

Yesterday, detectives investigating the stabbing arrested a 38-year-old woman on suspicion of assisting an offender. She remains in custody. 

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Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley from the Specialist Crime Command said: “Our investigation is making progress and we have now made an arrest.

“We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries, including a review of CCTV footage, and our colleagues from the local policing team remain in the area.

“However, we still need your help. Two children have been left without a father. If you saw anything, or have information regarding the person who killed Josh, please do the right thing and call us, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Information can be provided via: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/01MPS24W62-PO1

You can also call police via 101 quoting reference CAD 4049/06Jul. To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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