Police have launched a murder investigation following the stabbing of a boy, believed to be a 15-year-old, in London.
New Scotland Yard said just before 9pm on Thursday that officers and paramedics were being called to Highbury Fields park in north London.
A boy was found with stab wounds. Although he was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, he died a short time later.
A crime scene has now been placed, the Metropolitan Police said, adding that investigations are underway to inform the boy’s next of kin.
There is now a large police cordon around the park with officers present.
The cordon is expected to remain in place for “several days,” according to an agent who spoke to a local MyLondon reporter at the scene.
No arrests have been made yet and the investigation into the stabbing is ongoing.
Homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialized Crime Directorate – which investigates murder and organized crime – have been notified.
Teen murders in London: grim roll call from young victims murdered in capital in 2021
In 2021, a total of 30 teenagers were murdered in the capital.
The number surpasses both the 27 murders in 2017, the highest in recent years, and the previous peak of 29 teenage murders in London in 2008.
There were a total of 49 murders in London between January and June this year, although the ages of victims are not included in the Metropolitan Police’s crime data dashboard.
Anyone with information is requested to contact police at 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 7948/4AUG. Alternatively, people can speak anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.