Four men charged following gun battle with police in Forest Gate

Four men have been charged following a shootout in Forest Gate. Picture: Jon King

Four men have been charged following a shootout in Forest Gate. Picture: Jon King - Credit: Jon King

Four men have been charged with three attempted murders and weapons offences after police were involved in a gun battle in Forest Gate.

Shots were fired at armed response unit officers from a BMW before officers returned fire in Lascelles Close on Thursday just before midnight.

No-one was hurt in the exchange and one firearm was recovered from the vehicle.

Nathaniel Lewis, 22, of Earlham Grove, Forest Gate, Darnell Joseph-Newill, 21, Willis Road, Plaistow, and Troy Ifill, 21, of Torrens Square, Stratford, and Lekan Akinsoji, 20, of no fixed address, have each been charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of a shotgun, possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life and possession of an axe and a “zombie knife”.

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


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They are all in custody and are due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Monday).

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