‘Bogus collection’ fury after Bromley-by-Bow gun victim’s death
The family of Wayne Stockdale who was gunned down in the street in London’s East End while riding his bike in what’s believed to have been ‘mistaken identity’ are appealing for wellwishers not to be fooled by ‘bogus collections’ for flowers.
Shoppers in Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market have been approached for money and are thought to have handed over �300 for flowers they were told had been ordered at a nearby florist’s, Wayne’s partner Anne Tracey has told the East London Advertiser.
The family are still waiting for Wayne’s body to be released for burial following his death two days after the shooting at 10.20pm on May 6 at Knapp Road in Bromley-by-Bow, less than a mile from the couple’s home in Poplar.
“Someone told people in the market they had collected �300 so far for flowers,” said the mother-of-three.
“The florist doesn’t know anything about it—the collection is bogus.
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“It’s distressing that his name has been used to get money from people.”
Wayne was 40 when he gave up his work as a printer two years ago to look after Anne full-time when she was diagnosed with cancer.
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Anne, a 42-year-old grandmother, had just been given the ‘all clear’ after her recovery when he was shot and died two days later at the Royal London Hospital.
“Wayne was my rock,” she added. “It’s been really difficult since his death. What happened just doesn’t seem real—it’s unbelievable.”
Police today confirmed they interviewed a woman about collecting money for flowers, but have not charged anyone.
Detectives are still looking for two suspects involved in Wayne’s shooting on May 6, described as Asian or black, seen running and getting into a car while he was lying wounded on the ground. They are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to call the Trident incident room on 020-8733 4212, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.