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Boy, 16, stabbed to death days after Met Police seize 290 knives


A murder investigation is underway following the fatal stabbing in Hounslow, west London, yesterday. Police were called to Raleigh Road at 9.07pm on Wednesday, November 24 to reports of a stabbing. About 30 teenagers have now been murdered across the capital this year.

A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers attended along with paramedics from London Ambulance Service.

“A male, believed aged 16, was found with stab wounds.

“Despite the efforts of emergency services, he died at the scene a short time later.

“His next of kin have been informed; formal identification awaits.

“Homicide detectives from Specialist Crime have been informed.

“There have been no arrests and enquiries are ongoing.”

Between Monday, November 15 to Sunday, November 21, the force seized 290 knives and arrested 937 people as part of a national initiative against knife crime called Operation Sceptre.

Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 7200/24Nov. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police today appealed for information one week on from the murder of 14-year-old Jermaine Cools in Croydon.

A murder investigation was launched on Thursday, November 18 after police were called to London Road, close to West Croydon Railway Station, at 6.41pm to reports of a fight involving a number of people.

Officers attended but no suspects or victims were found.

Shortly after 7pm, police attended a south London hospital after a 14-year-old boy self-presented with stab wounds.

Despite the efforts of doctors at the hospital, the boy died a short time later.

The boy was later formally identified as 14-year-old Jermaine Cools.

A post-mortem examination gave Jermaine’s cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

There have been no arrests; enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “We know that this was a murder which happened in a public place in the middle of a busy, commuter time and people will have witnessed Jermaine being attacked. 

“I am asking for anyone who was in the area to cast their minds back to last Thursday.

“Were you at or travelling past the station at around 6.40pm? Did you see anything that might help police find the people responsible for Jermaine’s murder?

“Jermaine was a central member of his family, and his parents have been left devastated and without a son. 

“At the very least, they are owed an explanation for why their son was killed, and police will continue to work relentlessly to ensure the people responsible are held to account.

“If you can help, please get in touch with my team or leave information completely anonymously with Crimestoppers.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference CAD 6179/18Nov, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Information, including any footage and pictures, can also be provided anonymously via https://mipp.police.uk/operation/01MPS21T27-PO1

  • Any young people who have information about violence, firearms or knife crime, can visit Fearless where they can pass on information anonymously ‑ your I.P address will not be traced. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.

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