An investigation has been launched following the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Lambeth.
Police were called at around 23:45hrs on Monday, 5 July, to a teenager stabbed in Oval Place, SW8.
Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service. The 16-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene.
The boy’s next of kin have been informed and will be supported by specialist officers. Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.
There has been no arrest at this early stage.
Witnesses who are yet to speak with police or anyone with information are asked to call 101 ref 8532/05jul. To remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers.
Detective Chief Inspector Dan O'Sullivan is the leading the investigation. He said: “We’re in the very early stages of our work and pursuing a number of leads and enquiries following this sad and needless loss of another young life on the streets of London. My officers will do all they to find the person or persons responsible.
“A number of people has spoken to us already, but there are more who have yet to come forward. I’m appealing to those people directly to tell speak to us about what they know. There could be information, video or images captured that may well prove crucial in bringing the young victim’s family justice. Please call 101 or if you want to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers. What matters most is that you tell us what you know.”
Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, BCU Commander Central South said,
“I am shocked and saddened by the senseless loss of another young life to knife crime. I am also deeply saddened that another family experiences the painful loss of a son, and the trauma knife crime brings is once again experienced in our local community. Our thoughts are with the young man’s family who are being supported by specialist officers.
"We are working tirelessly to investigate the circumstances surrounding this terrible incident and are supporting officers from Homicide Command bring those responsible to justice.
"Every loss of life is a tragedy and this needless violence must end. I urge anyone with information to come forward.
"In the coming days you will see a more visible police presence on the streets to offer reassurance and if you have any concerns please speak to officers or contact your local policing team."
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