Finsbury Park murder victim named locally as 30-year-old Deliveroo driver Taki Dine

Bronwen Weatherby
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The victim of a fatal stabbing in London has been named locally as 30-year-old Deliveroo driver Taki Dine.

Mr Dine was found on Charteris Road in Finsbury Park close to the junction with Lennox Road at about 6.50pm on Friday night.

His death has sparked the Metropolitan Police’s first murder investigation of 2020.

Friends at the scene on Friday said he was Algerian and worked for Deliveroo and Uber Eats as a delivery driver.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, who is leading the investigation, confirmed his next of kin have been informed, but that a post-mortem and formal identification have yet to take place.

Metropolitan police cordon off Charteris Road close to the junction with Lennox Road in Finsbury Park in north London where the stabbing happened (PA)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for better protection for delivery drivers after visiting the scene of the knife attack, located within his parliamentary constituency of Islington North, on Saturday.

Mr Corbyn said: “People should not be carrying knives. A human life has been taken.

“There are a lot of people working as delivery drivers, they must have better conditions of employment and employers must take more responsibility for their safety too.

“Police cuts have meant fewer officers on the streets, and this raises issues of safety in the community in general.”

He added: “Delivery drivers do a great job in London all of the time. Yet they are vulnerable. They’re often on zero-hours contracts, yet the food they are carrying is insured.

“People should not be carrying knives

“So the delivery driver is less valuable than the food they are carrying.”

Chief Inspector John said: “The investigation is at a very early stage. It would appear at this time that an altercation has taken place between the victim, who was riding a motorcycle, and the driver of another vehicle in the vicinity of Lennox Road and Charteris Road, Finsbury Park.”

He added: “The incident itself appears at this early stage to have been spontaneous and not connected to, or as a result of, anything other than a traffic altercation.”

In a Facebook post, Finsbury Park Mosque paid tribute to Mr Dine who they said was a member of their congregation.

The post read: "We are devastated with the news that one of our congregation members has been stabbed and killed yesterday around Finsbury Park area, it is very sad for a young man who was working hard to earn his living, to lose his life while he is working in this cowardly way! our condolences, prayers and thoughts are with his family, friends and the Algerian community, and we will do whatever we can to reassure the community and get to the bottom of what has happened and to bring justice to this young man, therefore we have been in touch with our local MP Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Islington Council Cllr Richard Watts and the Borough Police Commander Raj Kohli who all expressed their solidarity and assured that they will follow this case to the end.

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Deliveroo and Uber driver Zakaria Gherabi, 37, who knew the victim, said he had been attacked last October and left with a dislocated eye socket.

Mr Gherabi said: “My attackers are still on the streets. The police do nothing.

“It happens. Nobody is going to save you. The company does not care, we are self-employed, but the food we are carrying is insured.”

Fellow delivery drivers attended the scene alongside members of the Motorcycle Action Group to lay a floral tribute

One rider, Sourin Aydi, said Mr Dine was his “best friend” and added: “I can’t believe it, I did not sleep last night. He was a wonderful man, funny with a great sense of humour and always laughing.

“If you have a bike then you are a target.”

A Deliveroo spokesman said: “This is a tragedy and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim.

“We take the protection and safety of riders extremely seriously.

“All Deliveroo riders are automatically insured and the company routinely works with local authorities on issues related to rider safety.”

On Friday, fellow delivery riders gathered in Stroud Green Road said he had been the victim of a road rage attack following an altercation with a car driver.

A witness said the driver who attacked the victim was driving a Volkswagen Caddy and did not try to steal his moped from him.

No arrests have been made and inquiries continue, the Met said.

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