Four young people stabbed to death in London over New Year celebrations with fifth fighting for life
The male victims – a 17-year-old, 18-year-old and a 20-year-old on New Year’s Eve, and a 20-year-old in the early hours of Monday – all died as a result of their injuries
Four young people have been stabbed to death in London during a string of apparently unrelated murders over the New Year period.
Scotland Yard confirmed the male victims – a 17-year-old, 18-year-old and a 20-year-old on New Year’s Eve, and a 20-year-old in the early hours of Monday – all died as a result of their injuries.
Five men have been arrested in connection with one of the deaths, the Metropolitan Police said.
The first incident took place at around 11.30am on New Year’s Eve, when an 18-year-old was stabbed in Larmans Road, Enfield. He died at hospital that evening.
At around 19.35pm, a 20-year-old was fatally stabbed in Memorial Avenue, West Ham and a 17-year-old died the same way in Norwood Road, Tulse Hill at around 10.40pm.
The fourth fatality was at 2.35am this morning, when a 20-year-old man was fatally stabbed in Bartholomew Court, Old Street.
A second male, aged in his 20s, was taken to hospital suffering critical stab injuries.
Four separate murder investigations have been launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.
Five males have been arrested in connection with the murder in Enfield but there have been no arrests in the other three cases.
Commander Neil Jerome, of the Met’s Territorial Policing Command, said:
“There were thousands of officers on duty across London yesterday and throughout the night, all determined to play their part in keeping the public safe.
“I am grateful to Londoners and visitors to the capital who co-operated with police – both at major celebrations in Westminster and at thousands of organised and private events across London – to enable the vast majority of people to enjoy New Year’s Eve.
“However, there were small groups who chose to engage in disorder and violence, and whose actions have had utterly tragic consequences.
“It is heart-breaking that, at a time when so many of us are contemplating what lies ahead in 2018, four families are dealing with the grief of losing a loved one to senseless violence and the callous use of knives as lethal weapons.
“I can assure Londoners – and the families and friends of the four males killed and the fifth who remains in hospital – that detectives will work tirelessly to bring to justice those responsible for such despicable acts of violence.
“As we begin these investigations and the provision of support to four grieving families, days like this serve to re-enforce the determination of the Metropolitan Police to tackle knife crime and violence on our streets; especially offences committed by and against young people.
“I would urge anyone with information about these attacks, and more generally about anyone who routinely carries a knife, to urgently pass that information to police or Crimestoppers.
“If you’ve hesitated to do so before, then these four tragic deaths at the start of a new year may persuade you to act now to make London safer for your family and friends in 2018.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact them via the Crimestoppers website: crimestoppers-uk.org.