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Man arrested over Isschan Nicholls murder in Bow

Isschan Nicholls
Image caption Isschan Nicholls died two days after being attacked

A man has been arrested over the murder of an 18-year-old who was killed in a fight more than three years ago.

Isschan Nicholls was killed in a brawl involving up to 15 people in Bow, east London, in January 2010. He was stabbed in the abdomen and thigh.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of murder.

Mr Nicholls, from Poplar, east London, was attacked by a group of up to 15 youths in Parnell Road. He died two days after the attack.

A £20,000 reward has been offered by the Metropolitan Police for information about the death.

The fight involved weapons including baseball bats and pieces of wood.

A second stab victim, aged 17, was treated in hospital for his injuries and discharged.

'Sustained attack'

Det Ch Insp Charles King, of the Metropolitan Police, said Isschan and four of his friends travelled from the Isle of Dogs in a dark blue Rover.

"The vehicle was attacked by a large group of people, who I firmly believe are local to the area," he said.

"The car and its occupants came under a sustained attack which left Isschan and one of his friends stabbed and the vehicle with smashed windows and dented bodywork.

"The attack was witnessed by many people and the suspects were seen to run away from the scene towards Roman Road," he added.

"I am convinced many people in the local community and also on the Isle of Dogs hold vital information in this case."

In a statement, Isschan Nicholls' family said: "We cannot find peace until we can understand what happened to Isschan and why.

"Someone knows who did this. Someone knows how it happened.

"We know that Isschan would not want us to crumble; he would want us to continue life as we knew it to be. Unfortunately this is easier said than done."

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