Detectives investigating fatal stabbing in Ilford appeal for driver of car to come forward

Detectives investigating the death of a father of four Lee Baxter in Ilford have appealed for the driver of a car pictured near the scene of the attack to come forward, as they may hold valuable information about the incident.

Police were called at 9.28pm on Friday, October 9 to reports of an assault on Southdown Crescent, IG2.

Officers found Mr Baxter, 34, suffering from stab injuries.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 22:31hrs.

A post-mortem examination found that he died from multiple stab wounds.

VICTIM: Lee Baxter

Homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command believe he was stabbed in an alleyway by a group of men following an argument, who fled the scene. Extensive enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of the incident.

A car, believed to be a dark-coloured Nissan Juke, was seen in the area around the time of the attack, and police would like to speak to the driver, who they believe may be able to help them with their enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector David Hillier, said: “This was a brutal attack, and we are conducting extensive enquiries to understand exactly what happened on the night of Lee’s death.

“I am releasing an image of a car that was seen in that area around the time of Lee’s death, and would urge the driver to come forward as they may have witnessed or heard something and could help us piece together what happened.

“Often people have no idea that they may hold valuable information, or think that something they have seen or heard is not important. That’s why I’m asking the driver to please get in touch, as they could hold vital clues but not realise it. If they don’t want to talk to us, they can always speak anonymously to Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting reference 7789/09Oct.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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