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Two men arrested over drive-by shooting of teenage girl

Tanesha Melbourne-Blake was killed in Tottenham, north London, last April.

Tanesha Melbourne-Blake, who was murdered in a drive-by shooting, weeks before her 18th birthday, in Tottenham, north London, on April 2 last year (Family/PA)
Tanesha Melbourne-Blake, who was murdered in a drive-by shooting, weeks before her 18th birthday, in Tottenham, north London, on April 2 last year (Family/PA)

Two men have been arrested over the death of a 17-year-old girl in a drive-by shooting in London.

Tanesha Melbourne-Blake, who mentored younger teenagers to keep them off the streets, was gunned down in Tottenham, north London, on April 2 last year.

The Metropolitan Police said two men, aged 18 and 22, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday and taken into custody for questioning.

Tanesha, who had seven siblings, died during a spate of bloodshed in London last year.

The teenager, who was killed 13 weeks before her 18th birthday, had planned to travel to Jamaica to visit her father and was due to start a youth work course last autumn.

In a fresh appeal for information last month, her mother said in a statement: “Myself and Tanesha were best friends as well as mother and daughter.

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Tanesha mentored younger teenagers to keep them off the streets (Family/PA)

“The impact of her death is long lasting and still doesn’t feel real. It feels as if I’m living in a dream and she’ll be coming back.

“The impact on her dad and siblings has been indescribable too. There is a huge hole in our family that will never be filled.”

Detectives revealed during the appeal that they believe her killer was the passenger in a silver or grey Vauxhall Meriva which was found burned out in Barnet five days later.

A 31-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder on April 6 2018 was released under investigation pending further inquiries, the Met said.

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