Police appeal for information on anniversary of fatal Hackney stabbing

Alex Vanderpuye, 24, died after being stabbed in Hackney Wick. Pic: Metropolitan Police

Police have appealed for more information one year after the stabbing of a young man in Hackney. 

Alex Vanderpuye, 24, from Hackney, was found by police on Christie Road in Hackney Wick after they were called to the scene in the early evening of December 7, 2017. 

 Despite efforts from paramedics to treat his stab wound, Vanderpuye died at the scene.  

Police believe that the suspects – a group of unidentified men – arrived at the scene in a metallic green Mercedes. The police have since recovered the vehicle.  

Officers arrested three males on suspicion of murder. A 26-year-old man, a 21-year-old man and a 25-year-old man. All three were subsequently released under investigation. 

Five further men who were arrested on suspicion of murder have also been released under investigation. 

Officers have an open mind regarding motive. As reported on EastLondonLines last year, it is believed Vanderpuye was “involved in an altercation with a group before he was fatally attacked.” 

Detective Inspector John Marriott, from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation said:  “This attack took place at a time when lots of people would have been around – Hackney is a busy, vibrant borough.”

 “We know that some of Alex’s friends were with him at the time and we are also directly appealing to them to ask them to come forward as we believe they have vital information.” 

“We are also looking for anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the vicinity of Christie Road at the junction with Cassland Road from around 16:30hrs on that day.  Alex left behind his father and an older brother and they deserve justice.”  

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information should contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715, or make contact via Twitter @MetCC. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 


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