Stratford murder: Met Police apologise for officers’ selfie at the scene

Two officers took the photo outside Stratford Centre, where a 21-year-old was stabbed to death on Tu

Two officers took the photo outside Stratford Centre, where a 21-year-old was stabbed to death on Tuesday. Picture: @MPSForestGteNth/Twitter - Credit: @MPSForestGteNth/Twitter

The Met Police has apologised after two officers posted a selfie at a murder scene outside Stratford Centre.

https://twitter.com/MPSForestGteNth/status/976854751559258113

Two uniformed officers from Newham took the photo outside the shopping mall on Thursday, where a 21-year-old was stabbed to death two days before.

The photo, which was uploaded on the Forest Gate North police Twitter account, was deleted after heavy criticism.

The officers showed a “lack of judgement and sensitivity” and will be “reminded of how to use social media responsibly”, read another tweet posted later that day.

No arrests have been made into the murder, whose victim has been named locally as Beniamin Pieknyi.

Flowers laid outside Stratford Centre. Picture: Ken Mears

Flowers laid outside Stratford Centre. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

Detectives think Beniamin, believed to be originally from Romania, and a friend got into an altercation with a group of young men being attacked.

Police urge anyone with information to call 020 8721 4005 quoting CAD 7391/20 March or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.