Police searching for taxi driver who may be key witness in Ilford shooting

POLICE have released a CCTV image as part of an ongoing investigation into a shooting in Ilford earlier this year.

Detectives are searching for a taxi driver, who they believe could be a crucial witness in the case.

In a message to the driver, the investigating officer said she understood that the shooters were ‘dangerous men’, but that anybody who reported information would be ‘fully supported’.

Police were called to reports of shots being fired in Loxford Lane, Ilford, on June 28.

Officers arrived to find a 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound.

He was taken to hospital, where his injuries were found not to be life-threatening and he has since been discharged.

On the same night, police were called to Ilford High Road to another report of shots being fired.

Investigators found no evidence that anybody was injured, but did find evidence of a firearm being discharged.

Detectives have formally linked the two incidents.

Now they are trying to track down a potentially key witness, who they believe is a cab driver.

The driver was spotted on CCTV in a light-coloured Zafira, Tourer model 2012-2019.

The driver was stationary in Castle View Gardens, Ilford, from 11.12pm until just after midnight on the night of the shooting.

Police believe at least one other person was sat in the car with the driver.

A Met Police spokesman said: “At some point, two more males get into the cab, one of which was in possession of a bag which is suspected to have contained a firearm.

“These two men are suspects for the two firearms incidents. Both would have occurred while the Zafira was waiting.

“The taxi then left the area and the taxi driver would probably not have known what had occurred.”

DC Natalie Morris said: “We are looking for anyone with information to come forward, but in particular we would like to speak to the driver of the Vauxhall Zafira.

“The driver was probably not aware of what had occurred but he may have vital information and I would ask him to do the right thing and call police. I want to reassure anyone who contacts us that they will be fully supported.

“I appreciate that those who carried out the shootings are dangerous men, but we can only keep our communities safe by police and public working together.

“If you want to, you can contact Crimestoppers, who will not ask you your name, and you can give your information and remain totally anonymous.”

Anyone with information for police was asked to dial 101 and quote crime reference CAD 9699 / 28Jun.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be reached at 0800 555111.


Charles Thomson

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