Teenager arrested after death of man in lford

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An investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Ilford.

Police were called at 03:54am on Thursday, October 28 to reports of a fight taking place at Harrow Road, Ilford.

Officers, London Ambulance Service (LAS) and London’s Air Ambulance attended.

At the scene an 18-year-old man was found with stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 04:27am.

A post mortem will be scheduled in due course.

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He was taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Joanna Yorke of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “We are currently in the very early stages of our investigation and are working quickly and diligently to establish the circumstances that led to the death of this young man.

“An arrest has been made, but we believe that a number of people were present when the victim was murdered and we need to identify those people.

“The altercation took place in the middle of the night and while I know that few people will have been on the street at that time, I am keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the events leading up to and including the murder.

“Any information, no matter how small, could be significant to the investigation, please do get in touch.”

Det Ch Supt Paul Trevers of the East Area Command, said: “We are deeply saddened that another young life has been lost to knife crime and we understand the shock that local residents will feel at this dreadful news.

“The community will notice a heightened police presence in the area with both foot and mobile patrols increased to provide local reassurance.

“Anyone who has concerns is encouraged to approach patrol officers, or, if you have information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.”

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information should call the Incident Room on 020 8345 3865, call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 885/28OCT.

To remain anonymous, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mick Ferris

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