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How an anonymous tip to Crimestoppers could help bring justice in the case of Alex Kareem’s murder

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Image captionImage 1: Alex Kareem

The killer of 20-year-old computer student Alex Kareem, gunned down in Shepherds Bush last summer, is still at large... but one call to Crimestoppers could make the difference and help a family still waiting for justice.

Alex was shot in the abdomen and chest at 12.40am on 8 June in Askew Road and pronounced dead at the scene less than an hour later. He had been riding a scooter to a friend’s house after visiting a corner shop.

A video has now been posted on YouTube of the white Range Rover Evoque believed to have been involved, to try to jog memories. While long-time White City resident Hanan Ghouneim – who chairs the local policing and crime panel in the area – has added her plea for help.

“There’s always hope, and it’s important for everyone to understand that Crimestoppers is anonymous,” she said. “We need to reinforce that message.”

Help find the killers

Alex was shot dead in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity.

The white Range Rover was found burnt out in Ascott Avenue, Ealing, half an hour after the shooting.

Alex had been due to start a university course in computer science last autumn. At his funeral on 29 July, his sister Khafi Kareem, 30, a Met Police officer, urged the public not to dismiss her brother as ‘just another black boy who’s been shot’.

Although nine arrests were made, no one has been charged over Alex’s death. DCI Wayne Jolley, leading inquiries, still needs crucial information from the public.

Do you have any information about who killed Alex Kareem? Call Crimestoppers today on 0800 555 111. There is a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Alex’s killer.

Young people worried

Hanan, a mum-of-four, and a busy community volunteer, became involved in the panel as her 16-year-old daughter has been a police cadet for seven years.

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Image caption: Image 2: Long-time White City resident Hanan Ghouneim (pictured left) with her daughter who is a police cadet

“We’re constantly bouncing ideas off each other,” said Hanan, who believes that strides can be made in improving crime reporting in the White City area.

“She understands things from both sides and thinks there is a gap that needs to be closed. When I speak to her, I understand what it is that young people are looking for and what they’re worried about, and we’re able to liaise with the police on that.”

Although the Covid pandemic currently means panel meetings are virtual, rather than face-to-face, she is focusing on youth engagement with police, and acknowledges there is work to do.

“Many young people actually know our local officers, but it’s a case of them feeling comfortable engaging with officers,” she said.

Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, said: “Crimestoppers is 100 per cent anonymous – that’s guaranteed. By building trust in using Crimestoppers we can work together to make the area safer for everyone.”

Crimestoppers charity

The independent charity, which is not part of the police, was set up to help communities in 1988, gaining the name ‘Crimestoppers’ in 1995.

In that time, more than 1.6million calls have been made to 0800 555 111, or tips left on the website, leading to an average of 14 arrests every day, with nearly 134,000 arrests and charges in 30 years as a direct result of information given by the public.

Crimestoppers cannot track or save anyone’s mobile phone or computer details, and you could qualify for a reward of up to £1,000 for important information.