Dad of murdered teen, 16, ‘distraught’ after finding his glasses at murder scene

The devastated father of a 16-year-old boy murdered in east London found his sunglasses at the scene of his death before expressing concern about how the police have dealt with the case.

Shanur Ahmed's body was found with head injuries on scrubland near Gallions Reach DLR station at around 8.30am on Tuesday.

Emergency calls had been made on Monday evening in relation to a mass brawl near the sight allegedly involving over 30 youths, some armed with baseball bats.

After the discovery of the teen's body, his family headed over to the scene.

Heartbroken dad Sharif Ahmed told BBC London he found his son's Versace sunglasses and a blood-stained tissue from the family home after, he claims, police had said they had already gathered evidence.


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He said: "I saw my son's Versace glasses there and I was shocked.

"Police say they were looking for evidence, they took so much time to get the evidence – then why are my son's sunglasses there?"    

Shanur's family were tipped off via Snapchat by his friend that the teenager's life "was in danger", a message which was then forwarded to police, according to the teen's uncle Asad Ahmed, reports the Guardian.

However, he said the message "was not followed up appropriately" by investigators.

Shanur had gone out on Monday evening, telling his parents he was going to meet a friend in hospital, reports the BBC.

Yesterday, bunches of flowers were placed on the grass next to the station, near to where Shanur's body was found two days before.

The Metropolitan Police's directorate of professional standards and the Independent Office of Police Conduct was looking into the issues raised by the family, according to a spokesman.


However, Mr Ahmed – who said the family believes the officers handling the case were inexperienced – clarified no official complaint had been made to the police, rather it had been mentioned informally.

“It was just that level of expertise lacking at that time and it needs to be flagged," he said.

"We have flagged it with the local police – whether it’s a training issue within the police [or something else], it needs to be looked into.

"The pressure needs to be there from the family and the public, because there cannot be another life lost through an incident like this,” he said.

Mr Ahmed said that the family, of Manor Park, had initially tried to find Shanur themselves, driving past the station three times but didn't realise the teen's body was just yards away.

He added that the family are desperate for information so his parents can go see his body for the first time.

Shanur was described by his uncle as a "very caring child" who wanted to help others and was studying for his A-Levels in the hopes of going to university to eventually help his dad with his business.

Detective Chief Inspector Larry Smith, said: ”A young teenage boy has died and his family and friends are devastated. They want answers and they deserve all the help the public can give them.

“We need anyone with information to tell us what they know. In particular, we want to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of Gallions Reach at around 8pm on Monday.

"If you were a passing motorist using a dashcam you may have recorded something vital, please make contact. My officers are ready to take your call and you will be fully supported.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call detectives on 0208 345 3985 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote CAD 1573/03MAR.

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