Suspect in custody following Forest Gate murder

An arrest has been made following the death of Forest gate resident 18 year old Sami Sidhom.

On Monday 23rd April, a 22 year old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody at a local London police station.

On the evening of April 23rd, Officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command will be in Chestnut Avenue to appeal for any witnesses and information.

Police were called to a stabbing on Monday 16th April at 22:50 in Chestnut Grove. Officers arrived with the paramedics and London air ambulance.

At 23:27 Sami was pronounced dead at the scene.

His cause of death was determined as multiple stab wounds after a post-mortem took place on Tuesday April 17th.

It was also established that Sami had been stabbed by numerous suspects outside of his home.

Sami had just finished watching West Ham United play and was returning home. He was attacked when he was walking the last leg of his journey home.

Officers are hoping that anyone who can assist them with any information about this fatal attack to come forward. Particularly anyone who saw a car fleeing the scene after the attack.

Mark Wrigley, Detective Chief Inspector, who led 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.”

He also said “although there is no clear motive we are still continuing to make progress and appeal to anyone in the community who is responsible to step forward and give Sami’s family justice.”

Sami’s family also spoke out and said “he was a model son, student and dedicated West Ham fan who was studying to be a lawyer.”

“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.

Enquires 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.

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