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Police renew appeal for witnesses to fatal Ajmol Alom stabbing in Poplar

PUBLISHED: 19:30 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:10 20 August 2013

Ajmol Alom, 16, at Belfast airport following a visit to Northern Ireland with school

Ajmol Alom, 16, at Belfast airport following a visit to Northern Ireland with school

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Murder squad detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of star pupil Ajmol Alom have renewed their appeal for witnesses a week after the tragic incident.

Jim Fitzpatrick (right) and Ch Supt Dave Stringer during a walkabout in Spey Street where Ajmol Alom was stabbed to deathJim Fitzpatrick (right) and Ch Supt Dave Stringer during a walkabout in Spey Street where Ajmol Alom was stabbed to death

Langdon Park School student Ajmol, 16, was knifed in the leg by the group in Poplar last week. His friend, also 16, was stabbed in the cheek, but survived the attack.

Ajmol, a keen boxer and part of a group of students who visited Northern Ireland on a conflict resolution programme, was expected to excel in his GCSEs when results are released on Thursday. His headteacher said he was expected to go on to a leading university, possibly to study medicine.

His family were described by detectives as being “devastated”.

Police are continuing their appeal for witnesses after 19-year-old Aminur Khan, of Robin Hood Gardens, appeared in court charged with Ajmol’s murder. Two other men have also been arrested in connection with the incident, which happened in Spey Street last Monday night.

Officers are now setting up a mobile police station in the street to encourage people to come forward with information.

Community leaders staged a walkabout in the area on Monday afternoon, with MPs and police chiefs paying tribute to the response of local residents to the tragedy.

Tower Hamlets police borough commander Ch Supt Dave Stringer said: “It’s a tragic loss of life and we will do whatever we can to support the investigation team to bring to bring justice to the family.

“There is a lot of extra police activity in the area to make sure people feel safe and are safe, and we are doing as much as we possibility can to bring the people responsible to justice.”

MP for Poplar and Limehouse Jim Fitzpatrick described the incident as a “tragedy and a terrible loss of life”.

“In the coming months and years we must continue the good work that’s already making our streets safer in the hope that one day stabbings like these will be a thing of the past,” he added.

Anyone with information should call police on 020 8358 0100, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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