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#WastedLife: Police appeal for information after Taxi-controller is stabbed to death in East London

The Metropolitan Police have launched a public appeal to track down the killer of a taxi controller who was knifed to death in East London on Wednesday night.

Yasa Afzal was attacked inside his office at Access Cars in Stratford around 8 pm.

The 22-year-old was stabbed seven times in the neck, back and midriff.  by the attacker who fled the premises immediately.

Detectives say the man was carrying a 'JD Sports' drawstring bag and was wearing a 'deer-stalker' type hat with flaps covering his ears. 

Police also appealed for people who were waiting at a bus stop outside the cab office on Broadway, Stratford or people on buses which stopped there to contact them.

It comes as Mr Afzal's family paid tribute to the "bubble" and "helpful" young man. 

A cousin told the Evening Standard: “He was popular for all the right reasons - bubbly, helpful to everyone in the family and community. He was in the office on his own, he didn’t stand a chance.

“He cannot be replaced, he was so special to everyone. Yasa loved kids and family, we are in shock. He wasn’t a fighter like others it just wasn’t him. He never spoke of having problems with anyone, he was well-liked. He just worked and came home all the time.”

Another man, who is thought to have been a friend of the victim, was killed several months ago in a similar attack, it was claimed.

Anyone with information is urged to call 020 8345 3865020 8345 3865 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1110800 555 111.

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