Police are still hunting for a man in connection with a "horrific" murder that took place in Newham on New Year's Eve 2017.

20-year-old Taofeek Lamidi was stabbed to death on December 31, 2017, in a busy residential area in West Ham - where officers believe there must have been witnesses.

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of his suspected killer, Ahmed Mohamed, 25, who they believe fled to Kenya following the attack.

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Officers were called to the stabbing in Memorial Avenue just after 7.30pm.

Despite efforts by officers and paramedics to resuscitate Taofeek, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 8.22pm.

Newham Recorder: Taofeek Lamidi was found stabbed in West Ham on New Year's Eve 2017Taofeek Lamidi was found stabbed in West Ham on New Year's Eve 2017 (Image: Metropolitan Police)

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley from the Met's Specialist Crime Command said: "Taofeek was repeatedly stabbed, and was found lying in the street suffering horrific injuries from which he did not recover.

"Violent incidents such as this have no place on London's streets, and we are following up a number of lines of enquiry to locate Mohamed.

"Memorial Avenue is a busy residential area close to West Ham station. I know that there were people in the area who witnessed the incident, and I need them to come forward.

"Any information provided will be treated with the strictest confidence."

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He added: "Almost five years have passed since this horrific incident that took a young man from his family and our investigation very much remains ongoing.

"Taofeek’s family deserve justice and we will not rest until we locate those responsible and bring them before the courts.

"If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Ahmed Mohamed, then I urge you to please do the right thing - get in touch with us."

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Anybody with information relating to this investigation should call the police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD2194/24DEC22.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org/.