A teenager who was stabbed to death during a fight yesterday has been named as six people arrested on suspicion of murder remain in police custody.

In the latest violent death in London, Jay Sewell, 18, was knifed to death in a brawl in Alwold Crescent, near Lewisham, shortly before 10pm on Tuesday.

Police said they were called to ‘reports of armed youths in the street’.

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Jay Sewell, 18, who was stabbed to death in a fight in Alwold Crescent, Lee, south-east London, shortly before 10pm on Tuesday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday December 12, 2018. Mr Sewell's death brings the number of violent deaths in the capital so far this year to 125, the largest number in a calendar year since 2009. See PA story POLICE Violence. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Jay Sewell, 18, was stabbed to death on Tuesday (Picture: PA)

A second man, also 18, was taken to hospital with stab injuries but has since been discharged.

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A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder today.

Three men aged 22, 31 and 56 and two women aged 29 and 53 were also arrested and taken to police stations in south London for questioning.

DCI Simon Harding said: ‘We are at the very early stages of our investigation into this tragic murder.


‘We urgently need to hear from anyone who saw what happened in Alwold Crescent.

‘We have already spoken to a number of people as part of our initial inquiries, but we would like to hear from anyone who lives near the scene who saw anything that might assist our investigation to contact us.

Jay Sewell,18.See National News story NNmurder5.The teenager stabbed to death during a fight in south east London on Tuesday evening has been named as Jay Sewell, 18.The teenager from Kent and another also aged 18 were attacked in Alwold Crescent around 9.50pmBoth suffering from stab wounds went to a south London hospital but Mr Sewell died.
Police were called to the scene Alwold Crescent around 9.50pm (Picture: Google Maps)

‘Did you see either group going to and from the scene? Did you see the fight? Perhaps you saw something after the incident that in retrospect may be linked.

‘We would urge you to get in touch right away.’

There have been at least 125 violent deaths in the capital so far this year, the largest number in a calendar year since 2009, when there were 131.

Earlier this month Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick insisted the tide was turning against knife and gun offences, although she admitted it would take time to tackle the 180 violent gangs in London who drag children into crime.