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Appeal continues following fatal stabbing in Woolwich

News   •   Jul 08, 2021 11:14 BST

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information and video footage following a fatal stabbing in Woolwich on Monday, 5 July.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, leading the investigation, said: “We are aware of footage relating to this murder being posted on social media and remind the public that any video or images may be very important to our investigation.

“If you have footage relating to this incident please don’t post it on social media. Your footage could be vital evidence in our investigation so please provide it us rather than making it public.

“The victim’s family is reeling from the shock of his death. Please consider their feelings and respect their privacy as they struggle to come to terms with their loss.”

Police were called at 17:23hrs on Monday, 5 July to reports of a stabbing on Woolwich New Road, SE18.

Officers attended and found a 15-year-old male suffering from a single stab wound. They immediately provided first aid prior to the arrival of the London Ambulance Service.

Despite the combined efforts of emergency services, he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene at 18:08hrs.

His next of kin are aware. We await formal identification.

Officers at the scene searched the surrounding area, including a supermarket, for the suspects without success.

Police were subsequently called to a south London hospital after a 15-year-old boy [A] self-presented with a stab wound. His injury was not life threatening and he was arrested on suspicion of murder. He has since been released with no further action.

DCI Leonard added: “I am very grateful to everyone who has come forward with information so far and urge anyone who can help, but has not yet spoken with us, to get in touch.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information should call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 5748/05Jul.

To provide footage to the investigation team please visit https://mipp.police.uk/operation/01MPS21S61-PO1

To remain 100% anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers_uk.org.

Any young people who have either information about crime can visit www.fearless.org to where they can pass on information anonymously – your I.P address will not be traced. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.

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