London, United Kingdom
A murder investigation is under way by the London police force in relation to a stabbing death on a teenager in the south London district of Southwark, according to a police source’s announcement on Twitter, HEM News Agency exclusively reports.
The Metropolitan Police force, which covers the Greater London area, reported also on its official website that a male youth was stabbed in Southwark’s Tiverton Street. London Ambulance Services attended to the stabbing victim first, before notifying the police. Witnesses said that the victim was chased by another male into the street, which is near the Elephant and Castle tube station and restaurants and nightclubs.
The 18-year-old, who was not yet formally identified, was rushed to hospital. The stabbing took place around 9.30 pm on Sunday, 5th March 2019. Tragically, the man died of his injuries at around 10.51 pm. His next of kin have been notified, and formal identification and a post-mortem will be carried out as part of the investigation.
A crime scene with forensics teams in place was declared at the site of the alleged stabbing and the Homicide and Major Crime Command police unit have taken charge of the incident. Police have conducted door-to-door inquiries and are reviewing CCTV footage from cameras at the scene. No arrests have yet been made.
Police DCI Richard Leonard, who is leading the murder investigation, appealed for witnesses to the fatal stabbing or events leading up to it to come forward, saying: “We need those who have information about the culprit(s) for this murder to get in touch with police immediately. The victim was seen being chased by another male wearing a grey or blue hoody from Newington Gardens into Tiverton Street where he was attacked and shortly after found by police and London Air Ambulance. Were you there? Did you see anything? Your information could prove vital to solving this case and I would urge you to get in touch.”
Witnesses or those with information have been urged by Southwark police to get in touch with them at their incident room phone line on (+44) 0208 721 4622, or alternatively pass on their information anonymously to the Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.
As of March 2019, nineteen people have lost their lives in stabbings in the Greater London area alone, according to the Met’s own figures, published by the Independent newspaper, with the annual homicide rate reaching an all-time high just the year before, when a total of 154 people were killed.
HEM Businesses, HEM News Agency, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-businesses
Metropolitan Police, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/metpoliceuk
“Murder investigating underway following fatal stabbing of a teenager in Southwark” – Metropolitan Police (6 May 2019) http://news.met.police.uk/news/murder-investigating-underway-following-fatal-stabbing-of-a-teenager-in-southwark-368098
“London violence: A list of the victims killed in the capital so far in 2019” – Independent (3 March 2019) https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/london-violence-victims-stabbing-shooting-knife-crime-a8805256.html