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Murder investigation under way in Ilford

A murder investigation has been launched in Ilford.

Police were called at 03:54hrs on Thursday, 28 October to reports of a fight taking place at Harrow Road, Ilford.

Officers, London Ambulance Service (LAS) and London’s Air Ambulance attended.

At the scene an 18-year-old man was found with stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 04:27hrs.

The victim’s next of kin have been informed.

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

A crime scene remains in place.

Shortly after the offence took place, a 15-year-old male, was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody at this time.

A murder investigation has been launched led by Detective Chief Inspector Joanna Yorke of Met’s Specialist Crime Command.

DCI Yorke said: “We are currently in the very early stages of our investigation and are working quickly and diligently to establish the circumstances that led to the death of this young man.

“An arrest has been made, but we believe that a number of people were present when the victim was murdered and we need to identify those people.

“The altercation took place in the middle of the night and while I know that few people will have been on the street at that time, I am keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the events leading up to and including the murder.

"Any information, no matter how small, could be significant to the investigation, please do get in touch."

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Trevers of the East Area Command, said: “We are deeply saddened that another young life has been lost to knife crime and we understand the shock that local residents will feel at this dreadful news.

“A crime scene is in place in Harrow Road and local officers are supporting our Homicide colleagues as they conduct their investigation.

“The community will notice a heightened police presence in the area with both foot and mobile patrols increased to provide local reassurance.

“Anyone who has concerns is encouraged to approach patrol officers, or, if you have information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.”

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information should call the Incident Room on 020 8345 3865, call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 885/28OCT.

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

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