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Calvin Bungisa murder: Stop and search to increase in Camden

Three weeks into murder investigation, nobody has been arrested

26 April, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Supt David Moorhead: ‘Happy to hear feedback’

A SENIOR officer said police make “no bones” about the fact there will be an increase in stop-and-search after the murder of Calvin Bungisa.

Superintendent David Moorhead, from Camden and Islington Basic Command Unit, told a Gospel Oak community “pro­gress” meeting: “You will have already seen an enhanced number of police officers in the area and there is going to be an increase in stop-and-search. We make no bones about that as increased stop-and-search we say is stopping murders. If we can stop young people carrying knives through stop-and-search then that is what we are going to do. We are happy to hear feedback about that.”

In the wake of Mr Bungisa’s death, several section 60 orders – which remove the need for reasonable grounds before searching – were authorised in the borough.

He told the meeting: “Our Violent Crime Taskforce is in the area, again another separate unit, and will be looking specifically for people, mainly young people, who are carrying weapons to do harm to other young people. As local police officers we want to hear feedback on whether that tactic is one you’re going to support. I hope you will because nobody wants to see another murder in the area.”

More than three weeks since the fatal stabbing in Grafton Road, police have made no arrests in connection with 22-year-old Mr Bungisa’s death.

On the homicide team’s investigation, Supt Moorhead said: “They are looking at a number of lines of inquiry to make sure we get the best evidence.“In the police we’ve got a saying that best evidence takes time, so that they may be aware of some of the suspects in Calvin’s murder but they may not have arrested them because they want that best evidence. That is really all I’m going to say because it’s not my line of investigation, but rest assured there’s a full team of detectives looking into that crime.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4054 or police on 101 quoting CAD7273/1Apr or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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