Crime & the Law

Moped suspects sought in Islington murder inquiry

Caldy Walk, Islington. Image: Google Satellite

Caldy Walk, Islington. Image: Google Satellite

A murder investigation is underway in north London after a 18 year old youth was stabbed to death last night in Islington.

Detectives are seeking the driver and pillion passenger of a moped as the suspects in the case.

Police were called at four minutes past six to reports of a man stabbed in Caldy Walk.

Officers, London Ambulance Service (LAS) and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene.

LAS took the victim to a north London hospital.

He died an hour and three quarters later.

An incident room has opened at Barking under Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jones from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).

At 8.34 pm this evening New Scotland Yard released the name of the victim.

The young man who died was Stefan Appleton and his grieving family have sanctioned the distribution to the media of a family picture.

18 year old Stefan Appleton- the murder victim. Image: Met Police by permission of his family.

18 year old Stefan Appleton- the murder victim. Image: Met Police by permission of his family.

Previously, he has been named in national, social and local media coverage.

Detectives believe that the victim was in Nightingale Park with friends, when two youths pulled up on a moped.

The pillion passenger on the moped attacked the victim – stabbing him a number of times with a large bladed item before making off on the vehicle into Nightingale Road.

Local reports talked of a machete style weapon being used and the attack being witnessed by many people including families with children.

The moped involved is described as having a clear front screen and displayed an L plate to the rear.

The pillion passenger was wearing dark clothing and a dark helmet.

DCI Jones said:

We are very keen to hear from everyone who was in the area of Caldy Walk and Nightingale Park on Wednesday, 10 June, especially anyone who witnessed the attack on the victim or who has information in relation to the moped.”

We are also keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious or who has information that could assist the investigation.

Chief Superintendent Catherine Roper, Islington Borough Commander, said:

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a teenager in Islington on Wednesday, 10 June just after 18:00hrs in Caldy Walk.

My officers are supporting the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

I would like to assure the local community that we are doing all that we can following this tragic incident. We have extra officers on the street carrying out targeted patrols and have increased the number of high visibility reassurance patrols conducted across the borough to ensure all those within the community feel safe.

My officers are actively targeting offenders on the borough and we will arrest and bring to justice those intent on breaking the law in Islington.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There have been no arrests.

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