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Police return to site of fatal stabbing in Forest Hate to appeal

Detectives will return to the scene and renew their appeal for information one-week on from the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Forest Gate.

Officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command will be in Chestnut Avenue, E7 on the evening of Monday, 23 April to appeal for information and speak with any potential witnesses following the murder of 18-year-old Sami Sidhom.

The investigation was launched after police were called at around 22:50hrs on Monday, 16 April, to reports of a stabbing on Chestnut Avenue, E7.

Officers attended the location along with the London Ambulance Service and paramedics from London’s Air Ambulance.

Sami from Newham was pronounced dead at the scene at 23:27hrs. His next of kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination took place on Tuesday, 17 April and gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

It has been established that Sami was attacked and stabbed multiple times by a number of suspects outside his home in Chestnut Avenue.

Sami was returning there after watching West Ham United play earlier that evening. He had got off a bus in Romford Road and was walking the final part of the journey when he was attacked.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who can assist with the investigation and are particularly keen to speak with anyone who saw a car fleeing the scene after the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley who leads the investigation, said: “Sami was returning home having been to watch West Ham when he was set upon by an unknown number of suspects, leaving him with multiple stab wounds.

“This investigation continues and while the motive for this horrific attack still remains unclear, we are making progress.

“I now appeal to those people in the community who know what took place or who is responsible to come forward and give Sami’s family the justice they deserve.”

Sami’s family said: “How many more have to die this way before everyone cares? How many more communities like ours have to be terrorised by mindless stabbings?

“Sami was a model son, model student, a dedicated West Ham fan who was studying to be a lawyer to bring fair play and justice to those who needed it.

“He never had a chance to do any of that because he was stabbed in the back by cowards in the dark. He was only 18.

“We’ve somehow ended up in a society where our brightest hopes are taken before they’ve even started.

“It is shameful that a single knife is allowed on the street. There isn’t a single fathomable reason why this is still tolerated, unchecked and unstopped. Those who are responsible for enforcing the banning of knives in our streets are also responsible for his death.

“Someone once said evil triumphs when good people do nothing.

“Nothing will bring Sami back, but we want his killers brought to justice. We would like to appeal to everyone, if you have any information no matter how small it is please do tell the police.

“We would like to thank everyone who came to Sami’s aid and comforted him in his final hour. We are deeply grateful for the incredible kindness and bravery that our neighbours, regardless of their creed, or colour, have shown to Sami.

“Your humanity has given us considerable comfort at an unbearable time. We are thankful for all the heart warming messages, flowers and tributes that we got from the community, his friends, neighbours, university colleagues, his online friends in the gaming community and his beloved West Ham club who have supported him back.

“Finally, we just cannot let a silent knife kill more young people outside their homes. It wasn’t just Sami that got stabbed near his home. It was justice itself that got stabbed in the back.

“It’s up to all of us to ensure that justice and life should be given and never taken.”

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715 or via Twitter @MetCC.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.