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Teenager charged with murder of 18-year-old in Bush Hill Park

Fatal stabbing happened on estate in Bush Hill Park last week

Donovan Allen

A man has been charged with the murder of 18-year-old Donovan Allen, who was fatally stabbed in Bush Hill Park last week.

Timothy Adeoye, 18, of no fixed address, is due to appear in custody at Willesden Magistrates’ Court today (Monday 14th).

Adeoye was also charged with three counts of attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon and threatening a person with a blade in a public place. These charges relate to additional incidents on the same day as Donovan’s fatal stabbing.

Police were called at 6.10pm on Monday, 7th February to reports of a stabbing at Ayley Croft Estate in Bush Hill Park. Donovan was found injured and, despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he died at the scene

A post-mortem examination held on Wednesday, 9th February found that Donovan, from Hemel Hempstead, died from a single stab wound to the chest. Homicide detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s specialist crime command are investigating and enquiries are ongoing.

A 14-year-old male who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder has since been released on bail until a date in early March.

Update (15/02):

Detective Inspector Louise Caveen, from the Met’s specialist crime command, said: “We are now seven days on from an attack that stole a young man’s life. His family continue to struggle to comprehend why he was taken from them, and I am hoping that someone can help provide us with some answers.

“This happened in the early evening, not far from the Great Cambridge Road, which would have been busy. I would ask that anyone who has not yet come forward puts themselves in the place of Donovan’s family and friends and thinks about the impact on their lives.

“While we have made two arrests, and charged a man with murder, this investigation is far from over. Did you see anything that could help us? Did you capture something on dash cam? Please call us.”

Anyone with any images or footage relevant to the investigation is asked to upload them by visiting the online major incident portal. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 5753/07FEB. Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.


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