Westminster stabbing: Murder probe launched after boy, 17, knifed to death in broad daylight attack
A murder probe has been launched after a teenage boy was knifed to death in broad daylight in central London.
The 17-year-old victim was found suffering knife wounds in Edgware Road, Westminster, shortly before 2pm on Tuesday.
He was rushed to hospital for treatment but died just before 7.30pm.
The boy’s next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course.
Edgware Road, near the junction with Church Street, was taped off by police and the crime scene remained in place into the night.
No arrests have been made.
Police stop and search powers have been boosted in the area, with a section 60 order in place until 5am on Wednesday.
DCI Andy Partridge, from the Specialist Crime Command said: “This awful attack took place in broad daylight in a busy part of central London. A teenager with his whole life ahead of him has been taken away from his family who have been left heartbroken.
“We know that lots of people were in the area at the time and may well have seen what unfolded. We need them to do the right thing and get in touch right away with what they saw along with any images or moving footage captured before, during or after the attack.
“There is a college nearby and many young people would have been on their break. We are keen to hear from anyone with information that can help us build a clearer picture of what took place and bring those involved to justice.”
Superintendent Andy Britain from Westminster said: “We are horrified by this attack and will be doing everything in our power to apprehend those behind this appalling crime.
“I want to reassure the residents and communities of Westminster that our officers are working with partners to do all we can to prevent such tragic attacks and are determined day and night to apprehend those involved and take weapons off the streets.
“A section 60 has been authorised in the surrounding area from 3.15pm on Tuesday, 10 September until 5am on Wednesday, September 11. Officers will be patrolling the areas to enforce this Section 60.
“Our local policing teams are working with the Violent Crime Taskforce, Specialist Crime Command and other specialist resources, as well as with our local partners to help keep London safe.
“Those near crime scene can expect an enhanced policing presence in their area in the coming days. Officers will be on hand to listen to any concerns they have and continue to appeal for those with information to come forward.”
Anyone with information concerning this murder is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 3755/10Sept or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.