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Inside London’s bloody drugs war: How rival gangs are vying to recruit child ‘mules’ who earn up to £26k-a-year – as another mother mourns murder of her young son

  • Jayden Moodie was knocked deliberately off his moped and stabbed in the back seven times in Leyton 
  • Teenager loved boxing, was photographed with his hero Anthony Joshua, but appears to have gone off rails 
  • Murder is London's fourth of 2019 after a year of bloodshed in London last year where 134 people were killed
  • Waltham Forest is notorious for gang-related violence and police are probing if Jayden was assassinated
  • Murder victim was a boxing fanatic who dreamed of emulating Anthony Joshua and posed for photo with him
  • Family spokesman said he was not affiliated with gangs and 'murdered in cold blood and deserves justice'
  • Did you see the incident or know the victim? Email tips@dailymail.co.uk or martin.robinson@mailonline.co.uk or contact us on WhatsApp via 07990130252

By Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter and Shekha Bhatia For Mailonline

Published: 02:12 EST, 10 January 2019 | Updated: 13:22 EST, 10 January 2019

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Rival London gangs are promising teenagers £26,000-a-year to lure in young 'soldiers' to sell drugs across the capital, MailOnline can reveal today. 

The latest victim of these bloody turf wars appears to be teenager Jayden Moodie, 14, who was knocked off his moped and knifed seven times in the back in Waltham Forest on Tuesday.

Jayden was described as a 'kind' and 'sweet' boy who dreamed of being a boxer and emulating his hero Anthony Joshua, who had posed in a recent picture with him.

But schoolboy Jayden had recently been photographed clutching bundles of £20 and £50 notes, making 'gang signs' on his moped and calling himself a ‘trapper boy’ - street slang for a drug courier. In a heartfelt tribute to him this afternoon his family insisted he had 'no affiliation with any gang' and been 'brutally murdered in cold blood'.

Police are still investigating if the 14-year-old, who had talked to friends about dying young, was assassinated as part of a bitter drugs turf war in Leyton, north-east London.

The London borough Waltham Forest where he died is notorious for gang-related violence and the rival Beaumont Crew [BC] and the Oliver Close Gang [OCG] gangs have fought to control drugs and prostitution rings in the area for almost 20 years. 

A recent study of the OC's business model revealed the gang's bosses earn around £130,000 annually from drugs alone and their teenage dealers, known on the street as 'shotters', can make £500 a week profit - £26,000-a-year - if they can secure 150 regular customers.

Stabbing victim Jayden Moodie poses with bundles of cash and confessed to being a 'trapper boy' - slang for a drug runner - and may have been a victim of a feud between gangs, but his family said he had no affiliation with any local gangs
Stabbing victim Jayden Moodie poses with bundles of cash and confessed to being a 'trapper boy' - slang for a drug runner - and may have been a victim of a feud between gangs, but his family said he had no affiliation with any local gangs

Stabbing victim Jayden Moodie poses with bundles of cash and confessed to being a 'trapper boy' - slang for a drug runner - and may have been a victim of a feud between gangs, but his family said he had no affiliation with any local gangs

Jayden's tearful mother Jada is comforted by his cousin Leon Green who acted as the family spokesman this evening to give a statement saying Jayden had 'no affiliation with gangs' and they want 'justice for his brutal murder'
Jayden's tearful mother Jada is comforted by his cousin Leon Green who acted as the family spokesman this evening to give a statement saying Jayden had 'no affiliation with gangs' and they want 'justice for his brutal murder'

Jayden's tearful mother Jada is comforted by his cousin Leon Green who acted as the family spokesman this evening to give a statement saying Jayden had 'no affiliation with gangs' and they want 'justice for his brutal murder'

Rival gangs all over London are fighting turf wars to control drugs and prostitution in their areas with Waltham Forest's among the most bloody
Rival gangs all over London are fighting turf wars to control drugs and prostitution in their areas with Waltham Forest's among the most bloody

Rival gangs all over London are fighting turf wars to control drugs and prostitution in their areas with Waltham Forest's among the most bloody

An aspiring boxer, Leyton murder victim Jayden Moodie, 14, is seen baby faced and beaming next to his idol Anthony Joshua before becoming London's fourth murder victim of 2019
An aspiring boxer, Leyton murder victim Jayden Moodie, 14, is seen baby faced and beaming next to his idol Anthony Joshua before becoming London's fourth murder victim of 2019

An aspiring boxer, Leyton murder victim Jayden Moodie, 14, is seen baby faced and beaming next to his idol Anthony Joshua before becoming London's fourth murder victim of 2019

A forensic police officer at the scene  in Waltham Forest, North East London, today drags the contents from drains using a heavy magnet as they search for a weapon
A forensic police officer at the scene  in Waltham Forest, North East London, today drags the contents from drains using a heavy magnet as they search for a weapon

A forensic police officer at the scene in Waltham Forest, North East London, today drags the contents from drains using a heavy magnet as they search for a weapon

A huge crowd gathered at the scene of a tribute shrine to Jayden in east London this to pay their respects tonight
A huge crowd gathered at the scene of a tribute shrine to Jayden in east London this to pay their respects tonight

A huge crowd gathered at the scene of a tribute shrine to Jayden in east London this to pay their respects tonight

Balloons, flowers and candles, pictured, were laid down by a wall as mourners, many of them children, grieved for the teenager
Balloons, flowers and candles, pictured, were laid down by a wall as mourners, many of them children, grieved for the teenager

Balloons, flowers and candles, pictured, were laid down by a wall as mourners, many of them children, grieved for the teenager

Young men are recruited by their postcode and are assigned to the BC is they live on the Beaumont Estate in Leyton or if the OC gang if they live a mile away around the Oliver Close Estate, which was demolished in 2002. 

Teenagers who refuse to pledge allegiance have been beaten or even shot. 

The OC Gang was the subject of an academic paper that revealed how gangs offer teenage 'trappers' as much as £26,000 to run drugs.

In his 2007 paper, Dr John Pitts from the University of Bedfordshire, revealed the 'economics' that drive the 70 or so gangs in London.

He estimated that by controlling a handful of streets the OC could sell £50 of drugs to 150 people each week.

This £390,000 goes to the gang's boss, known as an 'elder', who could be paid up to £130,000-a-year.

The cash is then spread down to dealers, who could be as young as 15, but may still be paid as much £26,000 over 12 months.

Dr Pitts wrote: 'Clearly, there is a ‘good’ living to be made from the drugs business at all levels for those with the requisite skills, knowledge and disposition'. 

'If there are people on our streets capable of killing a 14-year-old child, then no-one is safe': Jayden Moodie's family insist he wasn't linked to gangs and was 'murdered in cold blood' 

The family of Jayden Moodie has paid tribute to the teenager today as they urged witnesses to come forward to secure 'justice' for the death of youngster.

Standing alongside the teen's mother Jada, a family spokesman said the keen boxer had been 'brutally murdered in cold blood' but denied he had any links to gangs.

He said: 'Jayden was someone who had so many hopes and dreams. He had a keen interest in all things on bikes and loved learning how to fix them. 

'He also loved sport and was due to start at a boxing club later this month. His character was infectious and everyone who met him fell in love with his charm. 

'He had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone, especially his family. He will be sincerely missed.

Jayden Moodie's mother Jada, centre, and sister, right, stood alongside a family spokesman and cousin Leon Green in Leyton tonight. They said he had 'absolutely no affiliation with gangs' having only recently moved to London from Nottingham
Jayden Moodie's mother Jada, centre, and sister, right, stood alongside a family spokesman and cousin Leon Green in Leyton tonight. They said he had 'absolutely no affiliation with gangs' having only recently moved to London from Nottingham

Jayden Moodie's mother Jada, centre, and sister, right, stood alongside a family spokesman and cousin Leon Green in Leyton tonight. They said he had 'absolutely no affiliation with gangs' having only recently moved to London from Nottingham

Jayden was a 14-year-old minor who had his whole life ahead of him which should never have been viciously taken from him.'

The family spokesman also denied Jayden had anything to do with gangs despite police investigating whether the murder was part of a turf war in Leyton, north east London. 

He added: 'It was very distressing that the majority of reports about Jayden have mentioned London gangs.

'I would like to stress that Jayden had recently moved from Nottingham to London and had absolutely no affiliation with gangs. 

'The focus needs to be on the fact he has been brutally murdered in cold blood and deserves a fair chance at justice as much as anyone else in this situation.

'If there are people in our streets that are capable of killing a 14-year-old child then no one is safe and they need to be caught and brought to justice.

'Help us get justice for Jayden as no one deserves to die in that horrific way.'

The family, pictured, also said they wanted justice for Jayden's murder and urged witnesses to come forward
The family, pictured, also said they wanted justice for Jayden's murder and urged witnesses to come forward

The family, pictured, also said they wanted justice for Jayden's murder and urged witnesses to come forward

The spokesman, pictured with Ms Moodie, said the teenager 'had his whole life ahead of him' and had an 'infectious character'
The spokesman, pictured with Ms Moodie, said the teenager 'had his whole life ahead of him' and had an 'infectious character'

The spokesman, pictured with Ms Moodie, said the teenager 'had his whole life ahead of him' and had an 'infectious character'

Jaden was murdered in Bickley Road, Leyton, a few hundred yards from the estate where the Beaumont gang take their name and has been their base. 

The car used to mow him down was found in Carlisle Road, Leyton, which is close to the base of Beaumont Gang’s bitter rivals Oliver Close. 

Standing alongside the teen's mother Jada in Leyton tonight, a family spokesman said the keen boxer had been 'brutally murdered in cold blood' but denied he had any links to gangs.

He said: 'Jayden was someone who had so many hopes and dreams. He had a keen interest in all things on bikes and loved learning how to fix them. 

'He also loved sport and was due to start at a boxing club later this month. His character was infectious and everyone who met him fell in love with his charm. 

'He had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone, especially his family. He will be sincerely missed.

'Jayden was a 14-year-old minor who had his whole life ahead of him which should never have been viciously taken from him.'

This evening his uncle, Josh Grant, posted a video of the youngster on Facebook saying he will 'never be forgotten.' The video included an image of Jayden (pictured) on a moped
This evening his uncle, Josh Grant, posted a video of the youngster on Facebook saying he will 'never be forgotten.' The video included an image of Jayden (pictured) on a moped

This evening his uncle, Josh Grant, posted a video of the youngster on Facebook saying he will 'never be forgotten.' The video included an image of Jayden (pictured) on a moped

Jayden Moodie (pictured) was stabbed at least seven times in the back in 'a targeted attack' on Tuesday after being deliberately knocked off his moped in London's fourth murder of 2019
Jayden Moodie (pictured) was stabbed at least seven times in the back in 'a targeted attack' on Tuesday after being deliberately knocked off his moped in London's fourth murder of 2019

Jayden Moodie (pictured) was stabbed at least seven times in the back in 'a targeted attack' on Tuesday after being deliberately knocked off his moped in London's fourth murder of 2019

The family spokesman also denied Jayden had anything to do with gangs despite police investigating whether the murder was part of a turf war in Leyton, north east London. 

He added: 'It was very distressing that the majority of reports about Jayden have mentioned London gangs.

'I would like to stress that Jayden had recently moved from Nottingham to London and had absolutely no affiliation with gangs. 

'The focus needs to be on the fact he has been brutally murdered in cold blood and deserves a fair chance at justice as much as anyone else in this situation.

'If there are people in our streets that are capable of killing a 14-year-old child then no one is safe and they need to be caught and brought to justice.

'Help us get justice for Jayden as no one deserves to die in that horrific way.'

Jayden was born in London and brought up by his mother Jada with his father absent and living in Jamaica.

As he went to high school he 'went off the rail', family said, and he was sent to Nottingham to live with his godmother Zoe Grant.

The teenager was allowed to return to London after saying he missed his freinds but in the past year appeared to become affiliated with one of Waltham Forest's notorious gangs.

He used slang for killing regularly on social media, admitted he could die young and posed waving piles of cash.

Zoe Grant, his godmother, told the Telegraph: "He was full of life, fun loving and a ray of sunshine. He was a beautiful boy, so intelligent and had everything to live for. He went to London and then this happens, it's just so unfair. I'm so numb. I'm shocked by it all'.

Levi Clayton, 27, Mrs Grant's son, added: 'He should never have gone to London, it's lawless. He didn't need to go but he made a decision and it's cost him his life. He couldn't escape'.

His sister Leah, 18, denied he was in a gang and told the Evening Standard: 'It wasn't gang violence. He wasn't in a gang. My brother was caring, loving. He never hurt anyone. He was 14. He would go out and see his friends.

'It's not about him being on a moped. He got killed brutally for no reason. That's what I want the story to be. The story's not about him being on a moped. 

'The story is about him being killed for no reason. Why do these stabbings happen every day? To everyone else he'll now just be a statistic but to me that's my brother'. 

The video posted to Facebook by Jayden's uncle at one point shows the 14-year-old wearing school uniform (left)
The video posted to Facebook by Jayden's uncle at one point shows the 14-year-old wearing school uniform (left)
At another point the video shows Jayden (pictured) wearing a jumper and chain
At another point the video shows Jayden (pictured) wearing a jumper and chain

The video posted to Facebook by Jayden's uncle at one point shows the 14-year-old wearing school uniform (left). And at another shows him wearing a jumper and chain

Jayden Moodie, 14, (pictured) who lived with his mother, is thought to have moved to the capital only six months ago from Arnold in Nottingham - and friends said he was a 'humble' boy
Jayden Moodie, 14, (pictured) who lived with his mother, is thought to have moved to the capital only six months ago from Arnold in Nottingham - and friends said he was a 'humble' boy
Jayden (pictured) was murdered last night in an area notorious for drug dealing and blighted by so-called county lines gangs that are known to exploit children
Jayden (pictured) was murdered last night in an area notorious for drug dealing and blighted by so-called county lines gangs that are known to exploit children

Jayden Moodie, 14, (pictured left and right) who lived with his mother, is thought to have moved to the capital only six months ago from Arnold in Nottingham - and friends said he was a 'humble' boy

Battleground London: Street by street, map reveals the territories of the capital's gangs as violence spirals

This detailed map lays bare how at least 70 gangs are locked in bitter fights for control of London's streets.

More than 100 people have been killed in the capital already this year, with fears gang rivalries and feuds are leading to spiralling numbers of shootings and stabbings.

Maps circulated online have now attempted to plot the extent of each gang's fiefdom and flash-point roads where two territories rub up against each other.

The map shows there are at least 30 gangs in south London, the most notorious of which are Moscow17 in Kennington, the Ghetto Boys in Deptford and the Woolwich Boys on the banks of the Thames.

Another 30 gangs are stretched across the west, north and east, from Southall in the west, to Barking in the east.

While smaller outfits battle to control just a few roads to sell drugs, extort protection money or control prostitution.

1. DBG

2. 9th Street

3. 22GZ (Wood Green)

4. OFB (Broadwater Farm)

5. Sin Squad/ NPK

6. #900

7. #AP / GMG

8. CHINGBLOCK

9. DRIVE

10. #LEYTONSTONE

11. 7th gang

12. 12th Manor Park

13. iLLMADE

14. 8910

15. Barking

16. 6th gang 

17. Custom House Gang 

18. 13th gang 

19. 15th gang

20. #HOMERTON

21. London Fields

22. Holly Street

23. Lisson Green Mandem/ Edgeware Road Boys

24. ER

25. Harrow Road Boys

26. 1011

27. ICB (Ice City Boys)

28. SUSPECT GANG (USG) 29. 12World/12Anti

30. 3rd Set

31. N-GANG

32. Southall

33. Hayes 

34. 37/OJB 

35. 17/PriceyWorld/Wano Rd

36. KuKu/BP

37. Moscow17

38. AY gang

39. B-Town

40. Ghetto Boys 

41. 10th (G-Town)

42. OCB/YCB (Cherry Boys)

43. Woolwich Boys

44. GS (Greenside)

45. AWB (Abbey Wood Boys)

46. Parkside

47. Splash Gang

48. BSIDE 785

49. 23 #GMASH

50. AR (ARMED RESPONSE) 

51. Monson Bloodset 

52. Queens Road NM/2

53. PR15/NBR

54. Zone 2

55. 198 BLOCK 5

56. 410 gang

57. Cassava

58. MBlock

59. Claptown

60. 67 Gang

61. 417 Tooting

62. #Mitcham

63. CRO

64. CR7

65. M20/SMG

66. Gipset

67. UpTop

68. LTH

69 Beaumont Crew

70 The Oliver Close

Last night a Mercedes car believed to have rammed Jayden off the road was found in connection with his murder, which police are treating as a 'significant development' in the probe - but they have not made any arrests. 

How London's gangs use children as young as TEN to move guns and drugs 

Teenies – generally those under the age of 10 – below the age of criminal responsibility – who are used to carry drugs and weapons, or move parcels between older members

Runners, Shotters – generally aged between 12 and 15-ish, those who move drugs between older members, sell drugs in the streets, arrange street deals, stay in 'trap' houses where drugs are sold or made

Youngers – generally aged under 18, they have some level of authority over teenies and shotters, are street dealers of class A or B drugs, can set up trap houses, recruit teenies, runners and shotters, report directly to elders

Links, Baby Mama, Bae, Wifey – girls used by members as girlfriends, used for sex, exploited, they will carry or hide weapons, drugs and money for members of any age

Elders – generally aged over 18, they are in charge of running street operations and trap houses, deal in larger amounts of class A and B drugs, facilitate purchase of firearms and other weapons, have authority over street dealers and youngers, respected

Faces, Olders – those at the top or higher end of the chain, limited contact with street level operations, not often seen or known by street level members

Officers were called to Bickley Road, Leyton, Waltham Forest shortly before 6.30pm following reports of a road crash between a moped rider and a car and found Jayden stabbed in the road. 

Detectives believe three men got out of the car and knifed Jayden before returning to the vehicle and speeding off. He was pronounced dead shortly after 7pm. 

Yesterday evening his uncle, Josh Grant, posted a video of the youngster on Facebook saying he will 'never be forgotten.' 

The video features a number of images including one which shows Jayden on a moped and another showing him in his school uniform. 

Police are investigating whether the killing in north east London, during rush hour was motivated by a row between rival gangs.

Jayden, who lived with his mother, is thought to have moved to the capital only six months ago from Arnold in Nottingham - and friends said he was a 'humble' boy. 

Speaking yesterday Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker from the Metropolitan Police said that 'we shouldn't have to live like this'.

He said: 'Everyone is shocked and appalled by this murder. The age of the victim, a boy aged 14, beggars belief and I completely understand the alarm and concern it has raised from those who live and work in the area.'      

Jayden Moodie, 14, was stabbed to death last night in Waltham Forest, North East London
Jayden Moodie, 14, was stabbed to death last night in Waltham Forest, North East London

Jayden Moodie, 14, was stabbed to death last night in Waltham Forest, North East London

Jayden's uncle Josh Grant posted on Facebook that he would never forget the 14-year-old boy
Jayden's uncle Josh Grant posted on Facebook that he would never forget the 14-year-old boy

Jayden's uncle Josh Grant posted on Facebook that he would never forget the 14-year-old boy

Yesterday afternoon Jayden's godmother paid tribute to the youngster by describing him as 'full of life, fun loving and a ray of sunshine'. 

Speaking at her home in Nottingham, Zoe Grant said: 'He was a beautiful boy, so intelligent and had everything to live for.

Was Jayden, 14, caught up in war between two of London's most ferocious gangs? 

The London borough of Waltham Forest has one of the highest concentrations of gangs and one of the capital's bloodiest rivals.

The Beaumont Crew [BC] and the Oliver Close Gang [OCG] - whose estates sit just a mile apart in Leyton - have been at war since 2002.

After skirmishes dating back more than two decades a BC member was robbed by an OCG rival sparking bloody mayhem.

In one case a cannabis dealer was murdered over a £1.50 debt.  

As the rivalry has intensified their ranks have each expanded to at least 150 members and very few are believed to be over the age of 30. 

BC are known to be linked to the County Lines pushing of drugs out into Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. 

In recent years the OCB have become affiliated with the larger Piff Gang. Piff is a slang term linked to smoking cannabis, a drug they help sell along with heroin and crack.

Its most senior members are said to earn at least £130,000 a year from drug dealing when profits are shared.

New members as young as 13 or 14 are lured in by the promise of up to £26,000 a year if they rise up the chain to 'soldier' status, usually achieved by the age of 18.

'He went to London and then this happens, it's just so unfair. He was very dearly loved by everybody.'      

Ms Grant said Jayden's mother had called her to tell her the news of the teenager's death, adding: 'I'm so numb from everything that has happened and I'm shocked by it all.  

It's a stark contrast to the shock news his family received on Tuesday night after the teenager was murdered in an area notorious for drug dealing and blighted by so-called county lines gangs that are known to exploit children. 

Yesterday evening police confirmed that the car used in the killing had been recovered by officers and was being treated as a 'significant development.'

The black Mercedes B Class was recovered in the Carlisle Road area of Leyton yesterday afternoon and remains in situ for forensic recovery. 

Today police searching for the knives used to stab Jayden took away an item from the scene where the getaway car was found abandoned. 

A forensic officer was called to place the item in a cardboard box as detectives continued their investigation into whether teenager was the victim of a gangland execution. 

The item was dragged from drains with a heavy duty magnet. It was also revealed that Jayden had talked to friends about death while another said he had seen him carrying a knife. 

Posts on social media labelled him a 'trapper boy', gangland parlance for a drug mule or courier. 

Police want to establish how the child came to have a moped scooter and what circles he mixed in. 

Jayden lived close to the area where the notorious Beaumont Estate gang are based and the area where the Mercedes used to knock him from his motor bike before the knife attack was found is close to the 'hood' of bitter rivals The Oliver Close Gang. 

Detectives say they are keeping an open mind as to what lays behind the murder.  

Blood stains on the pavement in Waltham Forest yesterday following the stabbing on Tuesday night
Blood stains on the pavement in Waltham Forest yesterday following the stabbing on Tuesday night

Blood stains on the pavement in Waltham Forest yesterday following the stabbing on Tuesday night

Flowers left at the scene in Waltham Forest today after the 14-year-old boy died last night

But a police source told Mail Online: 'There is heightened gang tension in those areas at the moment.' A friend of the murdered teenager laid flowers at Bickley Road, Leyton with the message: 'Jaden(sic). Remember you used to chat to me about dying and I would tell you, you would be calm. 'I'm so sorry I wasn't their for you. Fly high baby. I will always care and miss you. Love you. May x' 

Separately, a man in his 20s was stabbed in the face three streets away at 1.30pm this afternoon and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

That incident happened seven minutes after police were called to reports of a man being chased by a group of youths in the area – but found no trace of any victim. 

The murder is London's fourth of the year so far after less than ten days of 2019 - and follows 12 months of bloodshed in the capital which saw 134 homicides committed. 

Jayden is the youngest person to be murdered in the capital since Corey Junior Davis, also 14, was fatally shot in Forest Gate, East London, in September 2017.

Stab victim's 'acting grandfather' pays tribute to 'loving' child 

A family friend, who gave his name as Solomon, said Jayden was a 'wonderful' and 'loving' child.

The man, who described himself as the victim's 'acting grandfather', said: 'We just need to know exactly what's going on, what mortuary he's in, can we see him, what's going on, that's what we need to know.'

Solomon, who said he was a youth worker, said the system was 'really letting down the youth'.

He said: 'They don't come on the streets because they want to - they don't have a choice.'

He added: 'They need to be given a chance to breathe like everyone else in the world.'

Solomon said: 'All of the family is grieving, but no-one has come forward to say A or Z, to say, you know, 'this is where his body is, you can come and get him, you can come and see him', nothing at all. I've been there all night waiting.'

He added: 'Why is it like this?'

Speaking yesterday Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker from the Metropolitan Police said he could not sleep for thinking about what had happened to such a young boy.

He said of the boy's age: 'I think that will strike a chord with so many people and so many parents across the UK.'  

CS Tucker said it was too early to ascertain a motive or say whether an incident a few streets away from the crime scene on Wednesday when a man was slashed across the face was linked.

He said: 'It's still too early to say what the motives are, I wouldn't urge people to speculate either.' 

This evening, it also emerged that Jayden had speaking to members of a nearby youth charity - which he occasionally attended - in the moments before his death. 

Tim Evans, CEO of Worth Unlimited, said: 'The loss of any life in a violent act is incredibly sad, but that this was a 14 year old makes it all the more heart-breaking.

'We knew Jayden, although he was not a regular participant in the sessions we run. In the early part of yesterday evening, some of our team had been chatting with him.

'We were running a youth work session on our Youth Bus in the same street and at the same time as the incident occurred, although we were not aware of anything happening until after the alleged perpetrators had fled the scene. 

'Two of our youth workers offered support with first aid and with identifying the victim as Jayden.'

Mr Evans went on to say that the charity is assisting the police with their enquiries and has expressed its deepest condolences with Jayden's family and friends.

He said: 'There are not words to express the horrific waste and appalling loss which has occurred.

'Our colleagues who were at the scene yesterday are understandably shaken up by being so close to the murder taking place and involved in the aftermath. 

'We are doing everything we can to support them and will continue to do so throughout the challenges of the coming days and weeks.'

A woman looks at floral tributes near the scene in Waltham Forest after the 'targeted attack'
A woman looks at floral tributes near the scene in Waltham Forest after the 'targeted attack'

A woman looks at floral tributes near the scene in Waltham Forest after the 'targeted attack'

Detective Inspector Chris Soole, who is leading the homicide and major crime team in their investigation, said: 'Any murder is appalling but the death of a 14-year-old boy is particularly shocking.

How London borough where Jayden Moodie was stabbed to death is notorious for gang-related violence 

The London borough where Jayden Moodie, 14, was stabbed to death is notorious for gang-related violence.

A report for the local council in Waltham Forest warned last year that so-called 'county lines' drug gangs were operating in the area, and that the council has pledged £3million to tackle gang crime.

The gangs are known to involve children as young as ten in their drugs trade.

Several gangs operate in the area, with the two most notorious known as the 'Beaumont Crew' and the 'Oliver Close Crew' after the names of local housing estates. The murder was the third stabbing in just three days in the borough. A woman was left fighting for her life when she was attacked on Saturday.

An 18-year-old man was injured in a stabbing at Blackhorse Road Tube station on Sunday, with a 13-year-old boy arrested over the attack.

The leader of Waltham Forest Council, Clare Coghill said: 'There will be members of our community who know, or suspect they know what has happened to this child. You need to come forward; to stay silent is to support murderers.'

'Everything we know so far points to the fact that this appears to be a targeted attack and those who carried it out had only one objective which was to inflict fatal injuries on Jayden.

'We continue to investigate why Jayden was singled out and retain an open mind at this time.'

Speaking following the recovery of the vehicle believed to have been used in the attack, he said: 'We are treating the recovery of the car as a significant development in our enquiries, which are still very much in their early stages.

'Jayden's family are being fully supported and kept updated by our team. This is a truly heartbreaking time for them and we are doing everything we can to find out who was responsible for Jayden's death.'

Jayden's uncle Josh Grant posted on Facebook last night: 'RIP to my little nephew... Can't believe I'm never gonna see you again. Uncle Josh will never forget you.' 

He added: 'I told him before they moved to London from Arnold six months ago he had to behave down there. He didn't listen. He looked up to me so much. I tried to show the right way. I feel so s*** and upset right now.' 

And his friend Jason Smith told the Evening Standard: 'He was usually on a pedal bike, not a scooter. We're all shocked and devastated. He didn't trouble anyone.

'He was humble and calm. He just wanted to make his parents proud. He was very close to his family and just wanted to be happy with his life.'  

Police said a Section 60 order has been activated, allowing police to stop and search anyone without suspicion.  

A man in his 20s was stabbed in the face this afternoon just streets away from where Jayden was stabbed. He was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries (pictured are police at the scene)
A man in his 20s was stabbed in the face this afternoon just streets away from where Jayden was stabbed. He was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries (pictured are police at the scene)

A man in his 20s was stabbed in the face this afternoon just streets away from where Jayden was stabbed. He was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries (pictured are police at the scene)

A police cordon was set up on the Lea Bridge Road / Bromley Road area after a man received injuries to his face today. Just streets away from where a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death
A police cordon was set up on the Lea Bridge Road / Bromley Road area after a man received injuries to his face today. Just streets away from where a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death

A police cordon was set up on the Lea Bridge Road / Bromley Road area after a man received injuries to his face today. Just streets away from where a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death

Police said it was too early to ascertain a motive or say whether an incident a few streets away from the crime scene on Wednesday when a man was slashed across the face (pictured) was linked
Police said it was too early to ascertain a motive or say whether an incident a few streets away from the crime scene on Wednesday when a man was slashed across the face (pictured) was linked

Police said it was too early to ascertain a motive or say whether an incident a few streets away from the crime scene on Wednesday when a man was slashed across the face (pictured) was linked

Speaking about the second incident yesterday, a bus driver said at the scene: 'I saw four men beating someone with a beard outside Barclays bank.

'They had baseball bats, they were beating him all over his body - it was four on one.

London has already had FOUR murders in 2019

  • Charlotte Huggins, 32: January 1, 4.20am, Camberwell, SE5
  • Tudor Simionov, 33: January 1, 5.36am, Mayfair, W1
  • Sarah Ashraf, 35: January 6, 6.20pm, Isle of Dogs, E14
  • Jayden Moody, 14: January 7, 6.30pm, Waltham Forest, E10

Lee Pomeroy, 51, was stabbed to death at Horlsey station in Surrey on a train heading to London on January 4 at 1pm

'He ran and they followed, when I got down here I could see him floored holding his face. There was blood gushing out - it was barbaric the whole thing.'

Meanwhile Mr Tucker said his priority was to reassure the community and that extra officers were patrolling the area. 

A large police cordon sealing off the murder scene remained in place today as local residents voiced their anger over 'constant violence'.

One witness said: 'The boy was knocked straight off his moped. He fell down and tried to escape - it was like a movie. Three men followed him and he was stabbed.' 

He added: 'I am certain this is a dispute about drugs. Teenagers are constantly fighting on this road and around the park - it is a postcode war.'

A warehouseman at SS Builders Merchants said a group of teenagers were spotted near the murder scene an hour earlier.

He said: 'There's a gang of teenagers that hang around at the youth centre. I could see a young black boy sitting on a moped when I finished work just after 5pm.'

Sam, a local father-of-two, said he was 'sick to death' of the 'near-enough constant' stabbings. The 48-year-old said: 'This was actually a nice area growing up.

'I enjoyed my teenage years. Now if you talk to anyone here they've got their own story about either someone they know, or someone they've seen get stabbed.

'A woman was slashed on Church Road last week - it's terrible. My youngest is 15; what is he supposed to make of a boy his age being slaughtered two roads from our house?'

Speaking at the crime scene, an unnamed friend said Jayden was a 'popular guy' who was 'always smiling'.

He said: 'Jayden was always smiling, he always had friends around him - he was very popular. We weren't massively close because he was some years younger than me, so I don't know his surname - but we would talk. 

Detectives are investigating in Waltham Forest today after the 14-year-old boy was stabbed
Detectives are investigating in Waltham Forest today after the 14-year-old boy was stabbed

Detectives are investigating in Waltham Forest today after the 14-year-old boy was stabbed

'I used to see him hanging around outside the chicken shop. The last time I saw him last week he was doing really well, he seemed happy.'

Anthony Anderson, a mechanic who works in an alley next to the road where the stabbing took place, said he would often give the victim 'fatherly advice'.

He said he thought the victim, who he described as a 'very nice guy', was older than 14 because he had a mature attitude.

Mr Anderson said it 'hit him hard' when he found out the victim was someone he knew on Tuesday evening.

He last saw the teenager, who would sometimes come to get his bike fixed, walking down the alley last week.

Speaking outside the garage where he works, he said: 'He's somebody I really spoke to a lot, tried to get him off the street, tried to just get him to go to school ... it really, really hit me when I heard last night.' 

The victim was somebody you could have a 'nice conversation' with, Mr Anderson said. 

He continued: 'As an older person I just tried to give him fatherly advice, not only him but all the young guys - when I saw them I always tried to give them some fatherly advice at times.'

He added: 'He would listen to you, you could sit and talk to him and he would listen.'

Mr Anderson, a father-of-two, added: 'I only hope and pray that this will all make a difference, with all this happening, just because if they don't do something quick and fast it's gonna be more serious. 

'A lot of those young kids get caught up in some situation ... and it's not going to be better if they don't have more police support in the area and more parental guidance. It's going to be worse.'  

The Waltham Forest murder has shocked the local community. Paramedics made a desperate attempt to save the teenager but he died soon after they arrived.

A man who lives near the scene suggested a BMW was involved, saying: 'I heard a massive noise and went outside. The boy was under the wheels of a blue BMW.

'Three men got out and stabbed him six times. He was already unconscious and couldn't move. They gathered around him.

'There were three; they were dressed in casual clothes and did not cover their faces. It was too dark to see who they were.

'They each had a long kitchen knife. They butchered him in silence. He was stabbed six times. I ran outside to save him, but it was too late. He was so young.

'His helmet had been knocked 10ft. He was trapped under the wheel of the car. It was horrific.'

A local business owner said Jayden was a regular in his shop. He said: 'I kept telling him not to ride that moped - I tried to keep him away from it. He was always respectful.' 

A forensic officer investigates next to the moped at the crime scene in Waltham Forest
A forensic officer investigates next to the moped at the crime scene in Waltham Forest

A forensic officer investigates next to the moped at the crime scene in Waltham Forest

Officers were called to Waltham Forest in North East London shortly before 6.30pm yesterday
Officers were called to Waltham Forest in North East London shortly before 6.30pm yesterday

Officers were called to Waltham Forest in North East London shortly before 6.30pm yesterday

Police believed the boy had been involved in a crash with a car before he was stabbed to death
Police believed the boy had been involved in a crash with a car before he was stabbed to death

Police believed the boy had been involved in a crash with a car before he was stabbed to death

A father-of-three, who was in the Raw Fitness gym nearby at the time, told the Standard: 'A guy in here earlier saw everything. What happened was there was a guy on a moped with no plates.

'A car came behind him, deliberately whacked into him, he then fell on the floor. Three men then jumped out of the car, stabbed him from behind and drove off.'

Locals said there were moped gangs of young people in the area, with drug dealing also taking place.

Ali Yamah, a tyre fitter who has worked locally for 17 years, said the area could be intimidating at night.

The 48-year-old said: 'Walthamstow - it's very famous now. In my experience here there is drug dealing, this is the main source. In the evening, now it's winter time, they put on masks. 

'Sometimes we are afraid, people are afraid of this kind of behaviour.' 

One local resident, who did not want to be named, told BBC News that crime was getting worse in the area and she was hoping to move away. 

She said: 'I think it's ridiculous. Every year, every month, something's happening - all these killings. I have kids and I don't see them growing up here.'  

Charlotte Huggins (above) was the first stab victim of 2019 after being stabbed in Camberwell
Charlotte Huggins (above) was the first stab victim of 2019 after being stabbed in Camberwell

Charlotte Huggins (above) was the first stab victim of 2019 after being stabbed in Camberwell

Tudor Simionov, pictured with his girlfriend Madalina Anghel, was stabbed to death outside a VIP 'sex party' in Park Lane, Mayfair, on New Year's Day
Tudor Simionov, pictured with his girlfriend Madalina Anghel, was stabbed to death outside a VIP 'sex party' in Park Lane, Mayfair, on New Year's Day

Tudor Simionov, pictured with his girlfriend Madalina Anghel, was stabbed to death outside a VIP 'sex party' in Park Lane, Mayfair, on New Year's Day

Lee Pomeroy was with his son (pictured together) on a train to London when he was knifed
Lee Pomeroy was with his son (pictured together) on a train to London when he was knifed

Lee Pomeroy was with his son (pictured together) on a train to London

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