Crime & the Law

Appeal on the fourth anniversary of murder in Bow

Wayne Stockdale. Image: Met Police.

Wayne Stockdale. Image: Met Police.

On the fourth anniversary of the fatal shooting of Wayne Stockdale in Bow in 2011, detectives continue to appeal for witnesses and information.

There’s a reward of up to £20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the murder.

Wayne, from Poplar, was shot in Rounton Round just before 10.20 PM on Friday 6th of May 2011.

He was 42 at the time of his death.

He died four days later in Royal London Hospital on Tuesday 10th of May.

The cause of his death was a gunshot wound to the head.

Detectives believe Wayne was riding a bicycle in Rounton Road when two suspects, armed with handguns, got out of a vehicle and opened fire, hitting Wayne.

They then made their way to the parade of shops in Devons Road and started shooting in the direction of a group who were standing outside.

They then fled the scene back towards Knapp Road and got into a car to continue their getaway.

The suspects were described as men wearing face coverings and either black or Asian in appearance.

In all the enquiries so far carried out detectives have not found any evidence of any motive or reason why Wayne would have been targeted.

It is believed his death may have been a result of mistaken identity.

In the four years since his death, five people have been arrested on suspicion of murder but all were released on bail pending further enquiries before subsequently being released with no further action.

Acting Detective Inspector Peter Hine, who is leading the investigation for the Trident Legacy Team, said:

It’s now four years since Wayne, we believe, was innocently murdered, leaving a family waiting for his killers to be brought to justice.

We have always maintained that Wayne was not the intended target for this incident, which saw shots fired both at him and into the street.

We are appealing for anyone who knows what happened that night to contact us. We are urging those who have remained silent all these years, to think about Wayne’s family and re-examine their consciences and help bring Wayne’s killers before a court.

My direct appeal to those that know who is responsible is; Trident has a history of treating the information that is passed to them in confidence, and offering support and protection to those that do the right thing and come forward help prosecute offenders.

Anyone with any information that could help police are urged to contact detectives on 020 8785 8267. Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via

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