Police have released the first picture of a father of four who was fatally stabbed in Ilford.

The Metropolitan Police found Lee Baxter, 34, suffering from a stab injury after they were called to Southdown Crescent to reports of an assault on Friday, October 9 at 9.28pm.

Mr Baxter was pronounced dead at the scene just after 10.30pm.

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

Homicide detectives believe Mr Baxter was stabbed in an alleyway by a group of men following an argument, who fled the scene.

Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, borough commander for the East Area Command Unit, said: “My thoughts are with Lee's family, especially his children, at this sad time.

“I appreciate that this incident will, of course, be of concern to the local community. Please know that there is a dedicated team who are conducting extensive enquiries into what happened that night, and I know that they will be tireless in their efforts to track down those responsible.

“Local officers have been out on patrol to reassure the community and I encourage anyone who has a concern to speak to them."

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