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Olympic host' boroughs in joint move to tackle knife crime after murder

PUBLISHED: 20:49 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 05 October 2010

Charles... Olympics celebration cancelled after his murder

Charles... Olympics celebration cancelled after his murder

AN OLYMPICS hand over' party was cancelled after a teenager was stabbed to death in East London just hours before. It's thought 18-year-old Charles Junior Henricks was a victim of a gang feud. Officials were worried that warring youths out for revenge could use the celebrations in Walthamstow town centre as a cover' to pitch a fight

Mike Brooke

AN OLYMPICS hand over’ party was cancelled after a teenager was stabbed to death in East London just hours before.

It's thought 18-year-old Charles Junior Henricks (pictuired), was a victim of a gang feud.

Officials were worried that warring youths out for revenge could use the celebrations in Walthamstow town centre as a cover’ to pitch a fight.

The five 2012 Olympic host’ boroughs in East London are now preparing for crisis talks with the London Mayor and Metropolitan Police after Charles was knifed in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The tragedy caused Town Hall bosses to cancel Waltham Forest’s Olympics celebration due to take place later that day.

Thousands were expected to turn up to mark the moment London became the Olympic host’ city.

Now the local authority is joining neighbouring Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham, together with the fifth Olympic host’ borough Greenwich, to establish a common policy’ to tackle the spate of knife attacks in East London.

Mayor Boris Johnson called Sunday’s murder “a tragedy on a day when London was looking ahead with such optimism.”

Police this week were appealing for witnesses and information, after a routine patrol discovered Charles bleeding in an open grassed area near Walthamstow’s Selborne Walk shopping centre at about 1.40am on Sunday. He died alter in hospital.

A post-mortem on Monday at Walthamstow gave cause of death as stab wounds to the chest.

An incident room has opened at Barking under Acting Det Chief Ins John Sandlin, who today (Tuesday) appealed for “anyone who was in the area at the time to contact us with any information.”

The stabbing happened close to a well-lit bus garage. Detectives are hoping to hear from anyone who may have seen two or three men running away in the grass area near the garage.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call the incident room on 020-8345 3715, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

Two youths aged 17 and 19 were arrested near the scene in connection with the police investigation. Both have been bailed to return to separate police stations in East London in September.

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