Forest Gate shootout: Four men appear in court charged with attempted murders and weapons offences

PUBLISHED: 12:18 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:18 31 July 2018

Police and a forensic team at the scene in Bective Road, Forest Gate. Picture: Ken Mears

Police and a forensic team at the scene in Bective Road, Forest Gate. Picture: Ken Mears


Four men have appeared in court charged with three attempted murders after a gun battle with armed officers in Forest Gate.

Nathaniel Lewis, 22, of Earlham Grove, Forest Gate; Darnell Joseph-Newill, 21, Willis Road, Plaistow; Troy Ifill, 21, of Torrens Square, Stratford, and 20-year-old Lekan Akinsoji, of no fixed address, are also accused of possessing an axe, shotgun and “zombie knife”, as well as possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life.

Akinsoji and Lewis have also been charged with possessing a firearm following a suspended sentence.

All four appeared in Thames Magistrates’ Court on Monday in connection to the shootout, which saw gunshots exchanged during a car chase between police and a BMW just before midnight Thursday.

Scotland Yard said officers chased the vehicle for more than a mile from Waltham Forest to Bective Road, Forest Gate, after it “failed to stop for police”.

The men have been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on August 24.

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