Boy, 17, killed in daylight stabbing in Westminster

10 September 2019, 21:55

The scene of the stabbing on Edgware Road
The scene of the stabbing on Edgware Road. Picture: PA
Nick Hardinges

By Nick Hardinges

A murder investigation has been launched following the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old in Westminster this afternoon.

Police and an ambulance crew were called to a stabbing at a "busy part" of Edgware Road shortly before 2pm on Tuesday where they found a male teenager suffering from stab wounds.

He was taken to hospital for treatment but died at 7:29pm, with his next of kin being informed.

Scotland Yard have made no arrests in relation to the incident that happened near the junction with Church Street, however an investigation is ongoing.

DCI Andy Partridge, from the Specialist Crime Command, said the attack took place near a college where "many young people would have been on their break."

He added: “This awful attack took place in broad daylight in a busy part of central London.

"A teenager with his whole life ahead of him has been taken away from his family who have been left heartbroken.

Police are appealing for witnesses to "do the right thing and get in touch" following the death as any information could help build a clearer picture of what happened and ensure justice is served.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information that may help
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information that may help. Picture: Met Police

Superintendent Andy Britain from Westminster spoke of his horror at the attack and said he will do everything in his power to apprehend those behind the appalling crime.

He said: “I want to reassure the residents and communities of Westminster that our officers are working with partners to do all we can to prevent such tragic attacks and are determined day and night to apprehend those involved and take weapons off the streets.

“Our local policing teams are working with the Violent Crime Taskforce, Specialist Crime Command and other specialist resources, as well as with our local partners to help keep London safe.

“Those near crime scene can expect an enhanced policing presence in their area in the coming days. Officers will be on hand to listen to any concerns they have and continue to appeal for those with information to come forward.

Anyone with information concerning the murder is urged to call the police on 101 quoting the crime reference number CAD 3755/10Sept or to call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.