Calvin Bungisa murder: Extra stop and search powers as hunt for killers continues
No one has yet been arrested in connection with the former Haverstock student's death
04 April, 2019 — By Samantha Booth
EXTRA stop and search powers have been authorised in Camden following the murder of Kentish Town man Calvin Bungisa.
This week, senior officers have authorised several section 60s – a legislation that allows officers to remove the need for “reasonable grounds” to stop and search someone – since the stabbing.
Concerns have been circulating in the community that retaliation attacks could occur. No one has yet been arrested in connection with Calvin’s death.
Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli, the new borough commander for Camden and Islington, said there was “nothing specific” pointing to a retaliation attack currently, but added: “But I’m not taking that chance, that’s why there is a section 60 order in place. We are erring on the side of caution.”
Calvin, 22, was stabbed to death in Gospel Oak on Monday night by what witnesses described as hooded and masked men.
The latest section 60 authorised was today (Thursday) across the whole of Camden between 2pm until 4am.
Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli: “We are erring on the side of caution”
Chief Supt Kohli said the section 60, a controversial measure usually brought in after violence or when the Met believe violence will occur, also sees more police officers to be on the street.
A tweet by Camden MPS said: “Officers will use this preventative search power to target anyone they think may be carrying weapons. We will not tolerate violence. Anyone found with weapons on them will be arrested.”
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, who is leading the murder investigation, said: “This fatal stabbing took place in a busy road at 8.30pm in the evening when lots of people would have been passing through the area on foot and on the road.
“At this early stage in the investigation, we believe several male suspects ran out of Vicar’s Road and chased Calvin down Grafton Road before fatally attacking him. They have then run back into Vicar’s Road and got into a car, which drove off in the direction of Weedington Road.
“Were you there? Did you see anything suspicious? Did you record footage before or after the attack or have you vehicle’s dash cam on? We need to hear from you to help build a clearer picture of what unfolded.
“Any information, no matter how insignificant you think it is, can help us to bring this young man’s killers to justice.”
The scene in Gospel Oak on Tuesday
Anyone with information is asked to call the Incident Room on 020 8721 4054 or police on 101 quoting CAD 7273/1Apr.
Alternatively, to remain anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.