Statement on Deshaun Tuitt

A statement on the fatal stabbing of Deshaun Tuitt, a 15 year-old boy from Hackney, from Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety.


Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety

We are devastated to hear of the tragic death of Deshaun who was stabbed in Islington last week, and our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone affected.

Deshaun was a Hackney resident and the community will understandably be upset and concerned about what happened, especially around the Pembury Estate where he lived. As someone well known to many of us at the Council, we feel this sense of loss and anger ourselves.

We are working with our partners at the police and Islington Council in response to this incident, and would urge anyone with information to contact the police on 101 quoting CAD 7948/4Aug. Alternatively, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

We will continue to work together to ensure that there is a robust response to this tragedy and, together with the police and other partners, take whatever action we can to avoid incidents like this happening. We are committed to keeping everyone in Hackney safe and have a long term strategy in place to help achieve this ambition,working alongside our partners in the police, voluntary sector and youth organisations.

Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Safety

 If you have any information about this incident, please  come forward:

  • Information or footage can be provided to police at Public Portal (mipp.police.uk).
  • Alternatively, you can contact police direct on 0208 345 3865, call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 7948/4AUG.
  • To remain 100% anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Whether you are a parent, carer or member of the community, if you have any concerns about a young person, groups of young people, or a location where you feel children are unsafe and would like guidance and support, you can contact the Council’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 020 8356 5500 (Out of hours 020 8356 2710) or mash@hackney.gov.uk. MASH links professionals from our children and families services and the police, health and probation service to support young people and families in need.

Support is also available at any one of the Council’s youth hubs and projects, visit Young Hackney for information.