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Hunt stepped up after boy, 15, is stabbed to death

PUBLISHED: 17:09 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 14:00 05 October 2010

Stephen... police found him stabbed in chest

Stephen... police found him stabbed in chest

DETECTIVES investigating Saturday night’s murder of teenager Stephen Lewis in East London are stepping up their appeal for witnesses today. Police spotted youths in Whitwell Road in Plaistow who then fled. Officers then found Stephen knifed in the chest. Stephen died an hour later in hospital, just two weeks before his 16th birthday

DETECTIVES investigating Saturday night’s murder of teenager Stephen Lewis in East London are stepping up their appeal for witnesses today.

Police on patrol spotted a large group of youths in Whitwell Road in Plaistow who then fled.

Officers then found Stephen who had been knifed in the chest.

Stephen was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, where he died an hour later.

It was just two weeks before his 16th birthday on February 7.

“Attacks like this show knife crime is still an issue,” warned Det Chief Supt Gary Buttercase leading the murder investigation.

“It’s sad that some youngsters throw their lives away—and the lives of others.

“There is a minority who think it’s acceptable to carry knives, but they risk going before a court and getting a jail sentence.”

Police want to hear from anyone in Whitwell Road around 10.45pm on January 24 or anyone information, especially if they were among the youths who ran when police arrived, or those who were a party earlier at St Cedd’s Hall. They are being asked to call the incident room on 020-8345 4142, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.

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Two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old were arrested that night in connection with the stabbing. One remains in custody, the others have been bailed. A fourth aged 16 arrested this week is also in custody.


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