Whetstone stabbing: Police release CCTV appeal of suspects fleeing scene with family of Olsi Kuka ‘devastated’

Scotland Yard says it wants to trace the group seen in the CCTV urgently - who they believe were at the flat at the time of the stabbing.

Detectives investigating a man who was stabbed to death in Whetstone have released CCTV of suspects, they say are fleeing the scene.

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Police officers scrambled to the scene, however despite the help of emergency services Mr Kuka died at 3.12am.

Olsi Kuka, 30, was found stabbed to death at his flat in Whetstone, Barnet

On Thursday, police released CCTV footage of two cars and a group of people they are tracing as part of their investigation.

The clips - which are largely obscured by a tree - show a silver and a white car driving down nearby Macaret Close.

The footage then shows a group of people, clad in black or navy, walking down the Macaret Close towards the High Road - which was where Mr Kuka was found dying.

A camera which captures the High Road shows a group of people running, and then back along Macaret Close, before the two cars then drive away.

The suspects - wearing dark clothes - can be seen between the trees in the top left. Credit: Met Police

Scotland Yard says it wants to trace this group urgently - who they believe were at the flat at the time of the stabbing.

Det Ch Insp Neil Rawlinson said: “We have made a number of arrests in connection with Olsi’s murder, and two men have now been charged.

“However, there are more people we need to speak with, who were at the flat at the time of this stabbing.

“I am urging anyone with information to come forward. If you were there, do the right thing and contact my team.

“Olsi’s family deserve answers. We will get those answers – it is only a matter of time.”

Mr Kuka’s father, Mehdi, said the family were “devastated” by the loss of their “beloved” son.

“We as a family are devastated by the loss of our beloved Olsi so far from home,” he said.

“He was a loving son, hardworking and very friendly and never harmed anyone and was so humble.

“We appeal to the public to assist the police in catching the others responsible for his murder.”

A 35-year-old man was initially arrested in connection with the investigation but was later released with no further action to be taken against him.

On May 14, officers arrested two men, Bulent Bakir, 25, of Old Road, Enfield, and Daige Ramsey, 23, Winchester Road, Waltham Forest,  and a 24-year-old woman on suspicion of murder.

The men were subsequently charged with murder; the woman has been bailed to a date in mid-June.

Supt Ray Keating, from the north west command unit, which covers Barnet, said: “I would like to offer my condolences to Olsi’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their understanding and co-operation whilst this investigation progresses.

“My officers are there for you 24/7; you will continue to see a visible presence in the area, and I would encourage you to speak with them if you have any concerns.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0200 or the non-emergency number on 101 quoting reference CAD 655/11May.

To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.