Police arrest suspect in Hackney stabbing murder

The scene in Shakspeare Walk. Pic: Google Maps

A 26-year-old man was arrested on the evening of Wednesday, January 10 on suspicion of murdering Daniel Frederick in Shakspeare Walk, Stoke Newington. He remains in custody at an east London police station.

A murder investigation was previously launched after officers found 34-year-old Frederick suffering from stab injuries after responding to reports of an assault on Monday evening.

The London Ambulance Service took him to a London hospital where he died later, just before midnight.

Police enquiries established that the victim was attacked by a group outside Burns House in Shakspeare Walk. Investigations are ongoing to determine motive.

This is at least the sixth fatal stabbing in a period of 10 days in the capital, with four reported during the New Year’s celebrations.


Murder victim Daniel Frederick. Pic: Met Police

Detective Inspector Paul Considine, who is leading the investigation, said: “While we have made an arrest, this investigation continues at pace and work continues to identify all those involved in this attack on Daniel.”

“This was a senseless attack and I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of Shakspeare Walk around the time of the incident to contact police and provide us with any information that could assist this investigation.”

Next of kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination took place at Poplar Mortuary on Wednesday and gave cause of death as a stab wound.

The Met had earlier reported four deaths as a result of stabbings, with three on New Year’s eve in Enfield, West Ham, Tulse Hill and one in the early hours of New Year’s day in Old Street. On January 3, a 44-year-old Romanian national, was stabbed in Ilford and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have launched separate murder investigations for each of these incidents.

In the wake of the murders during New Year’s celebrations, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Craig Mackay, said: “This number of violent deaths in any 24-hour period is highly unusual, and detectives are working around the clock to bring those responsible to justice. We have made arrests in two of these cases, with active lines of enquiry in each of the investigations being pursued.”

“We need to find out why some young people think it is acceptable to carry knives, and this is where community organisations and local initiatives, charities, schools and educators, youth workers and families all have an important role to play in changing this mindset.”

In an article in the Evening Standard on Wednesday, Sadiq Khan paid tribute to the victims and announced a ‘significant increase in the use of targeted stop and search by the police’ in 2018 as part of efforts to tackle violent crime.

He said: “I know from personal experience that when done badly, stop and search can cause community tensions. But when based on real intelligence, geographically focused and performed professionally, it is a vital tool for the police to keep our communities safe.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3734 – you can also tweet information via @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.




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