Locate the individual: Search for the person involved in the Boxing Day stabbing death during a dispute in a Hackney street – authorities have shared an image and advise the public to avoid contact.

Locate the individual: Search for the person involved in the Boxing Day stabbing death during a dispute in a Hackney street – authorities have shared an image and advise the public to avoid contact.

Title: Police Appeal for Assistance in Finding Suspected Knifeman

The Metropolitan Police have called upon the public’s cooperation in locating a suspected knifeman, Jerejs Vankovs, following the fatal stabbing of Michael Murphy in Hackney.

Authorities cautioned against approaching Vankovs but emphasized the importance of reporting any sightings promptly.

The Incident and Known Connection:

The incident occurred on Cranwood Street in east London during the early hours of Boxing Day, resulting in the death of 49-year-old Michael Murphy.

Vankovs, 39, and the victim were acquainted, sharing what was described as a ‘transient lifestyle’ in the Shoreditch area, as disclosed by The Metropolitan Police.

Appeal to the Public and Ongoing Investigation:

Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Allen, leading the investigation, urged residents of Shoreditch and the wider Hackney area to remain vigilant and report any sightings of Vankovs to emergency services without direct contact.

The police highlighted an altercation involving a group of up to 10 individuals moments before the fatal stabbing and emphasized the urgency of locating Vankovs.

Community Support and Suspects:

Four individuals, two men aged 49 and 42, along with two women aged 35 and 44, initially arrested on suspicion of murder, were later released without charges.

Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway stressed the significance of community support in apprehending Vankovs, urging anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward immediately.

Support and Contact Information:

Authorities have been in contact with Michael Murphy’s next of kin, providing ongoing support through specially trained officers.

The Metropolitan Police reiterated the need to dial 999 upon an immediate sighting of Jerejs Vankovs and encouraged the public to share any relevant information regarding the investigation by calling 101 and quoting CAD669/26Dec.

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