2 more youths arrested after teenager's gang feud' killing
PUBLISHED: 12:53 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:35 05 October 2010
TWO more teenagers have been arrested following the murder of 18-year-old Charles Junior Hendricks in East London which led to the cancellation of a 2012 Olympics hand over' public celebration. A 16-year-old walked into an East London police station last night (Thurs) and handed himself in. A second 16-year-old was arrested three hours later in the street at Holloway in north London. Two others were arrested on the night Charles was found stabbed
TWO more teenagers have been arrested following the murder of 18-year-old Charles Junior Hendricks (pictured) in East London which led to the cancellation of a 2012 Olympics hand over’ public celebration.
A 16-year-old walked into an East London police station last night (Thursday) and handed himself in.
A second 16-year-old was arrested three hours later in the street at Holloway in north London.
Both youths were being interviewed by detectives in connection with Charles’s death after he was stabbed near Walthamstow’s Selborne Walk shopping centre at about 1.40am last Sunday (August 24). They remain in custody at London police stations.
Two others aged 17 and 19 were arrested in Walthamstow the night a passing police patrol found Charles bleeding to death. They were later bailed to return in September.
It’s thought Charles may have been a victim of a gang feud.
Officials at Waltham Forest council—one of the five Olympic host’ boroughs in East London—were worried that warring youths out for revenge could use the celebrations in Walthamstow town centre as a cover’ to pitch a gang fight.
So they cancelled the Bank Holiday Monday celebration, disappointing thousands of spectators expected to turn up.
The five Olympic host’ boroughs have this week been preparing for crisis talks with the London Mayor and Metropolitan Police after Charles was knifed.
The local authority is joining neighbouring Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham, together with the fifth Olympic borough Greenwich, to establish a common policy’ to tackle the spate of knife attacks in East London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson called Sunday’s murder “a tragedy on a day when London was looking ahead with such optimism.”
Police today (Friday) renewed their appeal for witnesses and information about Sunday’s stabbing in an open grassed area near the Selborne Walk shopping centre at about 1.40am.
Charles died later in hospital. A post-mortem on Monday gave cause of death as stab wounds to the chest.
Witnesses or anyone with information are being asked to call the incident room on 020-8345 3715, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.