MURDER UPDATE: Police appeal over 16-year-old’s murder by black-clad youths

DETECTIVES investigating the slaying of a 16-year-old youth in Plaistow have appealed for help in tracing the gunmen while confirming the victim was Samuel Adelagun, which was widely reported.

Today the landlord of the house where the shot victims took refuge said he was called by a tenant to come over. When he got, he told the Recorder, there he discovered armed police had ordered everyone out of the house.

A neighbour, who would only give her name as Maria, added: “My neighbour said she heard screams and someone asking for help.”

The stretch of Chesterton Road was closed off while forensic officers scoured the street and the parkland for clues.

The suspects, reportedly teenagers themselves, were dressed in black and wearing balaclavas and detectives do not know if they came or went in a vehicle.


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A street sign on the corner of Chesterton Road, Plaistow has been turned into a shrine to Samuel.

Flowers have now been joined by candles, scarves and even a bottle of Jack Daniels whisky placed at the junction with London Road just yards from where he was killed.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8733 4704 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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