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Clapham common stabbing: 40-year-old man victim of 'targeted' attack, police say

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The fatal stabbing of a man inside his car in a busy area of London was a targeted attack, Scotland Yard have said.

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Police were called at 2.37pm on Friday after reports of a stabbing on Clapham Park Road, close to Clapham Common tube station.

A 40-year-old man was found suffering from stab wounds and died at the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Healy, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a vicious and targeted attack on a man inside his car in a busy area.

“We understand the victim was driving a black VW Golf that was turning right from Clapham High Street onto Clapham Park Road when he was set upon by a group of males whilst sat inside his car.

The victim was stabbed to death near Clapham Common Tube station

“He received fatal injuries. The suspects, officers are working to trace are three males all of slim build seen leaving the area immediately after the attack.

“If you saw them or know who they are, I need you to get in touch with police urgently.

“The attack took place outside the Belle Vue Pub on Clapham High Street.”

He said police were appealing to motorists with dashcam footage to contact police.

“What they could have inadvertently captured may prove vital to investigators,” he said.

The stabbing is the third violent death in three days in the capital, after a teenager was shot in West Norwood on Wednesday and a man was knifed in Regent’s Park on Thursday. 

An address was later cordoned off

Chief Superintendent Simon Messinger, of the South Central Command Unit, said: “Homicide detectives do believe this was a targeted attack.

“That being said, I fully appreciate the alarm and concern this incident will raise particularly coming so soon after the fatal shooting of a young man in West Norwood.

“At this stage, there is nothing to suggest either incident is connected.”

He added: “A Section 60 Order which grants police extra stop and search powers and help us prevent and deter any further potential criminality is in place and will be continually reviewed.”

There have been no arrests.

Witnesses and those with information are urged to call the Homicide and Major Crime Command Incident Room on 0208 358 0400, tweet @MetCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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