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Camden murders: Burning van found on Kentish Town estate linked to two killings

Police are “urgently pursuing” reports that a blue van was used by the killers

23 February, 2018 — By William McLennan

A van was discovered in Ingestre Road on Wednesday morning

POLICE are investigating whether a burnt-out van discovered on a Kentish Town estate was used in the murder of two men within the space of two hours on Tuesday night.

Workman in Ingestre Road spotted smoke coming from a blue van parked in the estate on Wednesday morning. The flames failed to take hold and the estate was locked down while forensic officers examined the scene.

Ingestre Road was cordoned off by police for two days

The deaths of 17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan and Sadiq Aadam, 20, are now being treated as linked by police. Detectives have also connected a third attack in Somers Town.

Police said they had recovered a blue Ford Transit van, registration ST13 CZC, which was “abandoned and damaged by fire” in Fletcher Court in Ingestre Road.

Police said they are “urgently pursuing” reports that a blue van used by the killers.

Detective Superintendent Stuart Ryan said: “It is, we believe, the same van. We are still looking for people who have seen the van moving around prior to incident and during the incident. We may have found a burnt out van, but we’ve got no links to people who were driving at the time.”

Asked if they had recovered anything from the van that had assisted their investigation, he said: “It forms part of our enquiry, I can’t tell you what.”

Abdikarim Hassan, 17, died in Bartholomew Road

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Considine, who is leading the investigation into all three attacks, said: “If you saw a vehicle that caused you concern due to how it was being driven or the people inside it then please get in touch with us.”

A timeline of events has now been pieced together.

– At 8pm on Tuesday, police officers in a van saw a silver Mercedes speed off into Eversholt Street. They began to pursue the car when they were flagged down by a member of the public and directed towards Aldenham Street, where a 16-year-old boy had been stabbed.

It is believed he was walking along Chalton Street with a friend, when the pair where chased down by a group of three or four men. Officers gave first aid and the boy was taken to hospital, where he remains today.

A 16-year-old boy was attacked in Aldenham Street

– Around 30 minutes later, police were called by the London Ambulance Service after Abdikarim was found collapsed in Bartholomew Road, near the junction with Islip Street. Despite the efforts of members of the public and police officers to give first aid, he was pronounced dead at the scene at close to 9pm. He had been stabbed in the chest.

Abdikarim made it to Bartholomew Road before collapsing

Detectives believe he was attacked nearby and was able to stagger out in Bartholomew Road. He died a few yards from a shrine to 19-year-old Lewis Blackman, who grew up on the Peckwater estate and was murdered in Kensington on Sunday.
– At 10:15pm, police were called to reports of a “disturbance” in Malden Road, near the junction with Marsden Road. Here, they found Mr Aadam suffering from horrific injuries. He is the third young man in his family to be stabbed to death on the streets of Camden.

Sadiq, left, his brother, centre, and cousin, right

It is believed he and a friend were chased through alleyways connecting St Silas Place and Malden Road, before he was set upon by a group of four men carrying knives and a sword.

– Police have received reports that a blue van was seen in the area of both murders.

– At 7:45am on Wednesday, the fire brigade were called to reports of “smoke issuing from a van” on the Ingestre Road estate.

– Four men were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection with Aldenham Street attack. They have all been released under investigation.

– On Thursday night an 18-year-old man was arrested in Camden on suspicion of two counts of murder and one of grievous bodily harm. He remains in custody.

Sadiq Aadam was attacked with knives and a sword in Malden Road

DCI Considine said: “Today, I am asking local residents or those people who were out in the area that night to think back – and if they saw something that may help us, please get in contact. I can understand why some people may be reluctant or nervous about coming forward but we need your help. We will treat your information in the strictest of confidence.

Floral tributes to the football fanatic teen were placed on the Peckwater estate pitch

“I also believe that there are people out there who knows exactly who is responsible. I would urge you to do the right thing and tell us what you know. It is not too late.

“Two families are suffering a terrible loss, and you could hold the answers to what happened to their sons, brothers, loved ones, best friends”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the investigation team on 020 8345 3734, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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