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