Murder probe launched after teenager is stabbed to death in east London

4 September 2019, 10:02

A crime scene remains in place in the area of Stratford Park.
A crime scene remains in place in the area of Stratford Park. Picture: London 999 Feed

By Sylvia DeLuca

A murder investigation has been launched after a teenage boy was fatally stabbed in Stratford yesterday evening.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) to Byford Close, E15 at 18:45hrs on Tuesday, 3 September following a report of a fight in progress.

Officers and paramedics attended and found a teenage boy with stab injuries.

Despite medics' efforts he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

A post-mortem examination and formal identification will take place in due course.

There have been no arrests at this time and officers remain at the scene.

A father of three who has lived in the area for 30 years said: "It used to be a peaceful area but now it's become a terror to live in.

"I contacted my local councillor yesterday telling him of this brutal murder but, you see, police will come here one day and then leave the next day."

A letter he sent read: "There has been another brutal murder behind my house. Within a quarter of a mile there were three murders in the last 18 months as well as numerous stabbings. We are living in a state of terror and fear. Please use power and influence."

Another resident, who did not want to give their name, said: "They always hang around this area near that small patch of grass, they moved from Stratford Park and have gathered here."

A Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act has been implemented across the whole borough of Newham until 12:30hrs on Wednesday, 4 September.

Anyone with information which could help the investigation, is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 6616/3 Sept.