Fifth attempted murder arrest over east London police shooting

A fifth person has been arrested after shots were fired at officers during a pursuit.

Jul 31, 2018
By Kevin Hearty

A 16-year-old was arrested on Monday (July 30) on suspicion of attempted murder four days after Metropolitan Police Service officers were shot at in Leytonstone.

The suspect was also found in possession of a knife and remains in custody at an east London police station.

Four people have already been charged over the incident and have been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on August 27.

Officers were called to Lascelles Close in Leytonstone on July 26 following reports of people armed with a gun.

A pursuit was launched when a vehicle failed to stop for the officers and a number of shots were fired at them.

The officers returned fire and one sustained minor injuries.

A shotgun and a number of facemasks were recovered from the scene.

On Saturday (July 28), Lekan Akinsoji, 20, Nathaniel Lewis, 22, Darnell Joseph-Newill, 21, and Troy Ifill, 21, were charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of a shotgun, possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life and two counts of possession of a knife or pointed article.

Akinsoji and Lewis were also charged with possession of a firearm following a suspended sentence while Ifill received additional charges of possession of a firearm when prohibited and possession of a knife.

All four appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on July 30.

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