Search

Fifth man charged with kidnap of East End restaurant worker

PUBLISHED: 18:09 26 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:46 05 October 2010

Mahmood (circled)... recorded just hours before his kidnap

Mahmood (circled)... recorded just hours before his kidnap

A FIFTH man has been arrested this-evening and charged in connection with missing restaurant worker Mahmood Ahmad who police believed has been kidnapped. The arrest comes after detectives released CCTV footage of Mahmood recorded at Whitechapel’s Lahore Kebab House in London’s East End just hours before he disappeared

By Mike Brooke

A FIFTH man has been arrested this-evening and charged in connection with missing restaurant worker Mahmood Ahmad who police believed has been kidnapped.

The arrest comes after detectives released CCTV footage of Mahmood recorded at Whitechapel's Lahore Kebab House at Umberston Street in London's East End just hours before he disappeared.

Mahmood can be seen (circled) serving a customer at the table on March 6, the day before he vanished.

Detectives believe Mahmood was kidnapped outside his home in Watford, Herts, in the early hours of March 7.

An incident room was set up by Beds & Herts Major Crime unit when his severed thumb was discovered in East London three days later at Ilford.

Det Ins Mick Trotman said: "It is more than three weeks into this investigation and Mahmood's family still have no news on him. They are desperate for answers.

"We are hoping this CCTV will help jog people's memories."

The man arrested today has been named as Amirzada Hussain, 36, from Plaistow in East London, charged with conspiracy to falsely imprison.

The other four are Sharif Mohammed, 36, from Ilford, charged with false imprisonment, Mohammed Riaz, 33, no fixed address, charged with kidnap, false imprisonment, harassment and burglary, a 17-year-old charged with kidnap and 18-year-old Arnold Yousaf from Leyton charged with kidnap. These four have been remanded in custody until May 24.

Two others, a man and woman, have also been arrested and are on police bail.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information who may recall seeing any suspicious activity either in Umberston Street in Whitechapel or in Watford on or about March 6 or 7, or since, to contact the incident room on 01707-355798, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

Four people have so far been charged with offences relating to Mahmood's disappearance.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the East London Advertiser