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Murder investigation launched following fatal stabbing in Newham

News   •   Oct 16, 2017 18:03 BST

A murder investigation has been launched after a fatal stabbing in Forest Gate.

Police were called to Plashet Park, Newham at 16:07hrs on Sunday, 15 October to reports of an injured male.

At the scene, a male was found suffering from a stab wound to the chest.

London Ambulance Service treated the victim, a 20-year-old male, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A crime scene has been established. A post mortem is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 17 November.

Enquiries are ongoing to trace next of kin.

We await formal identification.

The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are leading the investigation.

At this early stage, it is believed that the victim was with friends sitting on a bench when a group of males approached them and a fight ensued, during which the victim was stabbed.

DCI Jamie Piscopo, who leads the investigation, said: “This was a violent attack on a young man who sadly died from the injuries inflicted.

“This all happened in the middle of the afternoon in a park busy with people, and I would ask anyone who saw the incident to come forward and speak to us.”

A 16-year-old was arrested on Monday, 16 October on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody at an east London police station.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information should call the Homicide and Major Crime Command on 0208 345 3715, or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.