Schoolboy, 14, killed in 'truly horrific' sword attack in Hainault is named locally

Forensic investigators in Hainault after a 14-year-old boy died after being stabbed and a sword-wielding man arrested following an attack on members of the public and two police officers. Picture date: Tuesday April 30, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Hainault. Photo credit should read: Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire
Forensic investigators in Hainault after a 14-year-old boy died -Credit:Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire

A teenager who was stabbed to death in a horrific sword attack on the Essex border has been named. Metropolitan Police said the teenager was attacked and rushed to hospital on Tuesday (April 30) but, despite the best efforts of doctors, he sadly died.

The boy has been named as Daniel Anjorin. The Mirror reports the youngster attended Bancroft's School in Woodford Green. It would be the second time the Essex border school has been struck by tragedy after former student Grace O'Malley-Kumar was killed in the Nottingham knife attacks.

His mum is understood to be a science teacher at Holy Family Catholic School and Sixth Form, which is in Walthamstow. A message on the school's website today reads: "Dear Parents/Carers, It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the death of the child of one of our staff members. Mrs Anjorin's son was taken from this life suddenly this morning on his way to school. Please keep Mrs Anjorin, her husband and their other children in your prayers. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen."

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Four others, including two police officers, were injured in the incident and taken to hospital. A man, 36, was arrested on suspicion of murder. Met Police Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell, responsible for policing in Redbridge, said the events were "truly horrific".

Speaking at around 4.30pm on Tuesday afternoon, Met Police's Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe, speaking from the scene of the attack, said: "Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the 14-year-old boy who very sadly died at the scene. We will be there to provide every possible support to them and ensure we get them the answers they need.

"We are also thinking of the two other members of public who were injured, as well as brave officers stabbed during the incident. The 36-year-old man arrested at the scene is currently in hospital, having suffered injuries when his van collided with a building. He has been arrested on suspicion of murder. At this time, given his injuries, we have been unable to interview him. We know there is speculation about his background, including police contact with him.

"Despite urgent checks of our system today we have found no trace of a prior incident involving him so far, but we will of course continue to make those enquiries. As a matter of urgency we are trying to understand exactly what happened and why.

"This was, and is, a fast-moving, complex incident and investigation, and it will take us some time to establish the facts. This will be our priority in the coming days.

"With the suspect in custody we are satisfied there is no threat to the wider community, but this is an incident which has clearly shocked everyone, and over the coming days you will see a significant police presence in this area and we will be remaining here increasing our patrols and ensuring the community are safe and supported.

"We are really keen to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident or has any relevant information and would ask they come forward as soon as possible."

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