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Murder investigation launched after 15-year-old fatally stabbed in Woolwich

The teenager died in Woolwich New Road yesterday (credit: Google Maps)

A murder investigation has been launched after a 15-year-old boy was fatally stabbed in Woolwich.

The teenager was found wounded in Woolwich New Road at around 5.20pm yesterday evening.

Despite the efforts of paramedics he died at the scene.

The victim’s next of kin has been informed. Formal identification has not yet taken place.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

Another 15-year-old boy, who went hospital himself with stab wounds, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A section 60 Order has been authorised until 10am this morning for Woolwich Common, Woolwich Riverside and Glyndon wards.

Officers remain in the area and a crime scene is in place.

Detective Chief Inspector Perry Benton, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “We know that there were a lot of people around at the time who may have witnessed the events leading up to this incident.

“I’m sure people will have mobile phone footage from the scene and, if they believe it could assist our investigation, I would urge them to pass it on to us.

“One arrest has been made, but our enquiries are still at an early stage so I would ask anyone who knows anything about the motive for this attack, or who was responsible, to contact us immediately.”

Superintendent Petra Lazar, of South East BCU, said: “It is shocking and extremely saddening that a teenage boy has lost his life as the result of knife crime.

“My thoughts at this time are with the family of the boy who has died.

“This incident will understandably cause worry and concern to local residents and I would like to reassure them my officers are supporting the murder detectives in every way we can. Increased patrols will be carried out in the area over the next few days.”

Any witnesses are asked to call police via 101 quoting reference Cad 5748/05Jul.

To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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