Teenager dies after being found stabbed in Walthamstow

24 October 2020, 11:46 | Updated: 24 October 2020, 13:35

Police are at the scene in Walthamstow
Police are at the scene in Walthamstow. Picture: LBC

By Maddie Goodfellow

A 17-year-old boy has died after being found stabbed in north-east London.

Officers were called to Westbury Road in Walthamstow at 9.20pm on Friday after the teenager was discovered with a stab injury.

Paramedics gave him treatment at the scene but he was pronounced dead, the Metropolitan Police said.

Detectives have launched an investigation into the death, but no arrests have been made.

Officers are working to confirm the 17-year-old's identity and inform his next of kin.

A crime scene is in place with detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime Command (Homicide) leading the investigation.

A local resident, who did not want to be named, said that before the arrival of emergency services they "didn't hear anything at all that indicated violence, heard no shouting etc that we thought was odd".

Sniffer dogs were at the scene on Friday night, while two cars had been removed by police, they added.

The resident said: "Police knocked on our door but we didn't see anything and we don't have CCTV.

"It is incredibly tragic and such a senseless loss of life. It feels especially shocking when it happens so close to home, and on an otherwise peaceful street."

A police cordon is in place
A police cordon is in place. Picture: LBC

Following the news, former Scotland Yard Detective Chief Superintendent Gerry Campbell tweeted: "How many wake up calls does London need?"

Knife crime is at its highest level in over 10 years across England and Wales. London has recorded the highest number of incidents.

Any witnesses or people with information are asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting 8357/23Oct.