The family of a teenager who died in a collision in Dagenham have paid tribute to him as officers make a new appeal for witnesses.

Police were called at 13: 35hrs on Sunday, 18 September to reports of a collision involving a car and a moped in Gale Street.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service. The rider of the moped was taken to hospital where he died later the same day.

He has since been identified as Joseph Melody, who was aged 16 and from Dagenham. His family are being supported by specially trained officers.

Paying tribute to him, his family said: “Our Joe, from the moment he could walk he was on the back of a bike. If you could pinpoint a time which he was his happiest, it would be then.

“Growing up Joe was a cheeky chappy who enjoyed the company of his friends, doing all the things kids do. He spoke to and knew everyone, no matter where he went Joe would make a friend, young or old.

“He had a heart of gold and cared deeply about his family and friends. He adored his nieces who looked up to him as their Uncle Joe Joe. He had just finished school; he was so proud and so were we.

“Our entire life has been torn apart and our hearts broken, it will never be the same again. Ride high in the sky our Joe Joe, forever loved, forever sixteen.”

Detectives from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command are carrying out enquiries to establish how the collision happened.

Any witnesses, or anyone with dash cam footage of the incident, are asked to call detectives on 020 8597 4874. Alternatively, call 101 quoting CAD 3360/18Sep.