A crime scene has been established in High Road (Credit: Google)
The victim was attacked while on board a bus in High Road shortly before 4pm yesterday afternoon.
The London Ambulance Service rushed him to hospital where he died during the early hours of this morning.
Police arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder yesterday. He remains in police custody.
Chief Superintendent Paul Trevers said: “Today a young man stabbed in Chadwell Heath has died of his injuries. The victim was only 16-years-old and I can only imagine his family’s anguish at this terrible time, my thoughts are with them, and with all those who have been affected.
“I know how deeply this will be felt in the local community and there will be extra officers patrolling to reassure you and answer your questions. Please do speak to the officers about your concerns, they are there to listen to you and do all they can to help.
“A person has been arrested on suspicion of murder and there will be a full investigation by homicide detectives.
“Violent crime is down across London, but that is no solace to those affected by it. As a police officer I know that we cannot tackle violent crime alone, it needs everyone to work together. Whether it is telling police about those who carry weapons or talking to young people about the dangers of knife crime, what we all do can make a difference. It is only with police, partners and our communities together, that we can stop this needless loss of life.”
A crime scene remains in place and officers are continuing to investigate the attack.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 0208 345 3715 and quoting CAD 4741/14Mar.
To remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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