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Man arrested in connection with Tottenham teen's murder

PICTURED: Fatal gunshot victim Tanesha Melbourne-Blake

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Tanesha Melbourne-Blake.

Police detained the man this morning. He has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The arrest comes after members of a Tottenham gang apparently claimed responsibility for the death of the 17-year-old.

Melbourne-Blake was shot dead in Tottenham, north London, on Monday in a drive-by shooting.

A message posted on Instagram read by members of a gang read: “We got him down in Tinseltown & his girl down by Chalgrove.”

The message also featured laughing emojis and the letters NPK, which is thought to be an acronym for the Northumberland Park gang.

The post alludes to an altercation that took place prior to Melbourne-Blake's death in American-style diner Tinseltown in Farringdon.

Another post read: "If your chilling with my ops I ain't gonna adjust my aim for you.”

The police are investigating the messages.

Candice Hassan, a friend of Melbourne-Blake's has said the teenager was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Hassan, 17, said: "Everyone knows Tanesha, she's just a humble girl. It was just the wrong place at the wrong time. She di
dn't deserve any of that."

In response to the recent spate of gun and knife deaths, protesters gathered yesterday in Hackney, near to where 18-year-old Israel Ogunsola was stabbed to death on Wednesday.

The protest was organised by Guiding a New Generation (GANG).

Janette Collins, a Hackney youth worker who was at the gathering, said: "We need to stop this. Everybody keeps asking the same question, but the answers are in the young people.

"We the organisations are only trying to come out, to come together, and we are here to talk to young people and try to stop the violence.

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