Police have named the 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death last night as Jaden Moodie.

Officers remained at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Bickley Road, near Leyton throughout Wednesday.

The Met say Jaden had been riding along Bickley Road at 6.30pm on a moped when it was involved in a collision with a car, believed to be a black Mercedes B Class.

Three men then jumped out of the car and stabbed him before they got back into the vehicle and fled.

He sustained stab injuries and despite paramedics’ efforts, was pronounced dead at 7.09pm.

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No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Inspector Chris Soole said: "Any murder is appalling but the death of a 14-year-old boy is particularly shocking.

"Everything we know so far points to the fact that this appears to be a targeted attack and those who carried it out had only one objective which was to inflict fatal injuries on Jaden.

"We continue to investigate why Jaden was singled out and retain an open mind at this time."

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, DIS Richard Tucker (below) said: "I can reassure Jaden's family and the community that the Met Police will do everything in their power to bring people to justice.

"This isn's Sherlock Holmes. The people will solve this. It's their Met Police.

"We will leave no stone unturned. We might not find them, but we will do everything in our power to.

"I will work with anyone and do anything, legitimately, to reduce violence. Anyone that can actually come up with some answers."

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The detective was hesitant to suggest that the stabbing was gang related, instead urging the public to think of Jaden's age. 

When asked about police funding, DIS Tucker said: "Would I like more officers? Yes I would, but I am confident I have enough police on the street to deal with this.

"Be shocked, be appalled, we shouldn't have to live like this. But work with us. We are your police."

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MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy reacted quickly to the stabbing.

On Tuesday evening she Tweeted: “Walthamstow devastated to report a young boy - just 14 - has lost his life in our community tonight. This terrible event on Bickley Road has only just been confirmed.

"At moment that is all the info I have - anyone with evidence or info on tonight's incident please do call 101."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has also publicly acknowledged the incident in Waltham Forest this evening.

He tweeted: "I’m greatly saddened by news of the fatal stabbing of a 14 year old in Waltham Forest, and my thoughts are with his family and friends.

"I encourage anyone with information about this horrific incident to contact the Police on 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”