Walthamstow murder: Arrest made as father-of-two stabbed to death in east London

Josh McKay was stabbed to death on Saturday afternoon (Met police)
Josh McKay was stabbed to death on Saturday afternoon (Met police)

The family of a father-of-two stabbed to death on the streets of London today said “the world is less bright” as detectives appealed for help to track down his killer.

Josh McKay, 33, was knifed on Lea Bridge Road in Waltham Forest, east London, shortly before 3pm on Saturday. Police, paramedics and London’s Air Ambulance were scrambled but despite their efforts, he died at the scene.

His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. They said: “The heart of our family has stopped beating. The world is less bright without his beautiful smile.”

A post-mortem examination was due to be held on Monday. Police on Sunday arrested a 38-year-old woman on suspicion of assisting an offender. She remains in custody.

Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow (Google Maps)
Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow (Google Maps)

Detective chief inspector Linda Bradley said: “Our investigation is making progress and we have now made an arrest. We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries, including a review of CCTV footage, and colleagues from the local policing team remain in the area.

“However, we still need your help. Two children have been left without a father. If you saw anything, or have information regarding the person who killed Josh, please do the right thing and call us, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Local MP Stella Creasy tweeted: “[It has been] confirmed that sadly a young man has lost his life in an attack. If you have any information on the reason for this heinous attack come forward.”

Meanwhile a man has been left seriously injured after he was ambushed and robbed of his mobile phone in the West End.

The victim was surrounded by a gang at 1.35am yesterday in Bateman Street, Soho, and assaulted before his phone was stolen.

Police said: “The man, aged in his 30s, was taken to hospital where his condition is not life-threatening, but potentially life-changing.”