BREAKING NEWS:Murder probe launched after lad, 16, found shot dead in Plaistow street

A MURDER inquiry has been launched after a teenager was found shot dead in Newham this morning.

The 16-year-old was discovered in Chesterton Road, Plaistow, in the early hours.

Police were called at 3.20am, after reports of gunshots being fired were made. They also found a 15-year-old boy at the scene with bullet wounds. He is being treated in a hospital, where his condition is described as “critical”.

Scotland Yard said the killing is being investigated by Operation Trident - then unit dedicated to tackling gun crime within black communities in the capital.

Next of kin have been informed of the tragedy though a formal identification has not taken place. A post mortem will take place later.

It is understood the shooting may not have taken place in Chesterton Road.

Police have also sealed off Suffolk Road, Plaistow.