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Murder investigation launched in Barnet

News   •   Sep 07, 2020 15:07 BST

A murder investigation has been launched in Barnet following a fatal stabbing.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) at approximately 23:05hrs on Saturday, 5 September to reports of a stabbing on Debden Close, NW9.

Officers attended and found a 22-year-old man suffering from a stab injuries on Martlesham Walk. They immediately provided first aid.

Despite their efforts and that of LAS medics to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 23:45hrs.

His next of kin have been informed. Formal identification is yet to take place.

A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

At this early stage, no arrests have been made.

A murder investigation has been launched, led by homicide detectives from the Specialist Crime Command.

They would like to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time and who saw or heard anything suspicious.

Anyone with information or footage relating to this incident should call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting reference number 8540/05SEP.

To remain 100% anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Chief Superintendent Roy Smith, from the North West BCU which covers Barnet, said: “This is another tragic and needless loss of a young life on the streets of London and my thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends.

“My officers responded immediately and did their very best to save this young man’s life – administering CPR and first aid at the scene.

“We will continue to use every tactic and every opportunity to bear down on violence and this will include the use of stop and search which, in the last few days alone, has removed deadly weapons from the streets of north west London. I would ask communities to support our officers as they do everything they can to stop another family suffering the pain of losing a loved one.

“Local safer neighbourhood officers will be out on patrol over the coming days, please do take a moment to talk to them if you have any information or concerns.”

+ If you are worried about someone, advice and support is available through organisations including Knife Free and Fearless.

You can also visit our website for further information. Or alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.