Jay­den ‘de­serves chance of jus­tice’

FAM­ILY OF BOY MUR­DERED IN LON­DON SAY HE HAD NO IN­VOLVE­MENT IN GANGS

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By MATT JARRAM [email protected]­plc.com @Mat­t­jar­ram1

FLOW­ERS have been left at the scene where teenager Jay­den Moodie was stabbed to death in Lon­don on Tues­day.

Jay­den lived in Arnold un­til he moved to Lon­don with his fam­ily re­cently. He was mur­dered in Bick­ley Road, Ley­ton.

The 14-year-old at­tended Red­hill Academy while he lived in Lon­don. His fam­ily said he was keen on bikes, foot­ball, and was set to join a box­ing academy.

He moved to Lon­don around six months ago with his mum and sis­ters to be closer to his grand­mother.

He at­tended Heath­cote School and Sci­ence Col­lege in Lon­don.

He has been de­scribed by fam­ily as ‘a ray of sun­shine’ with ‘a huge heart’ who would do ‘any­thing for any­one es­pe­cially his fam­ily.’

He was also de­scribed as ‘a cheeky chap’ and that ‘ev­ery­one who met him fell in love with his charm.’

On Tues­day, at 6.30pm, po­lice were called out to Bick­ley Road, Waltham For­est, Ley­ton to re­ports of a road traf­fic col­li­sion. It has been es­tab­lished by de­tec­tives that Jay­den was rid­ing a moped that had been in­volved in a crash with a car. It is be­lieved that three men got out of the car and stabbed Jay­den be­fore re­turn­ing to the ve­hi­cle and driv­ing off.

Paramedics were at the scene, but de­spite their best ef­forts, Jay­den died at 7.09pm.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice are treat­ing the mur­der as a “tar­geted at­tack” - but no ar­rests have yet been made.

DCI Larry Smith from the Homi­cide and Ma­jor Crime Com­mand said: “Ev­ery­thing we have learned about this at­tack so far in­di­cates it was tar­geted and in­tent on lethal force from the out­set.

“We are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to catch those who car­ried out this cow­ardly at­tack.”

The black Mercedes B Class, be­lieved to have been driven by the sus­pects, was re­cov­ered in the Carlisle Road area of Ley­ton on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon and re­mains in situ for foren­sic re­cov­ery.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Chris Soole from the Homi­cide and Ma­jor Crime Com­mand said: “We are treat­ing the re­cov­ery of the car as a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment in our en­quiries, which are still very much in their early stages.”

Neigh­bour­hood pa­trols have also been stepped up in the area.

The fam­ily have stressed on na­tional tele­vi­sion that Jay­den had no af­fil­i­a­tion with gangs.

Jay­den Moodie’s cousin Leon Green ap­peared on tele­vi­sion next to Jay­den’s mother. He said: “It was very dis­tress­ing that the ma­jor­ity of re­ports about Jay­den men­tioned Lon­don gangs.

“I would like to stress he had re­cently moved from Not­ting­ham to Lon­don and had ab­so­lutely no af­fil­i­a­tion with gangs.

“The fo­cus needs to be on that he was bru­tally mur­dered in cold blood and de­serves a fair chance at jus­tice.

Po­lice want any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact them on 101 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111 with in­for­ma­tion.

Flow­ers left close to the spot where Jay­den Moodie was stabbed to death in Ley­ton, Lon­don.

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