A man has been stabbed to death in a street in south-east London early this morning.
The victim, believed to be aged in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene in Lordship Lane in East Dulwich shortly after 3am on Sunday.
No arrests have been made and enquiries into what happened are ongoing, the Metropolitan Police said.
Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course, the force added.
Two police vehicles at the scene on Lordship Lane as an officer stands by a forensic tent
The police cordon extended across the street, forcing business closures and bus diversions
A man in his 30s has died after being stabbed in Lordship Lane, pictured, in East Dulwich shortly after 3am on Sunday
Police have appealed for information.
MP for the area, Helen Hayes tweeted that the knife crime ‘has to stop’.
She said: ‘Appalled to learn of a fatal stabbing on Lordship Lane during the night. Another family now devastated due to knife crime. This has to stop.’
On Thursday the Office for National Statistics revealed that the number of fatal stabbings is now at the highest level since records began in 1946.
Some 285 people were stabbed to death in the year ending March 2018, with attacks ‘most pronounced’ in young men.
Highlighting a worrying increase in violence plaguing Britain, there were 726 killings recorded overall – 20 more than the previous year.
The homicide figures are more pronounced when excluding mass murders such as the London Bridge, Westminster and Manchester terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 35 innocent victims in 2017.
Already this year at least nine people have been murdered in the capital including Lejean Richards, 19, who was stabbed near Prince George’s school earlier this week
Stats released on Thursday show that stabbings are by far the most common cause of death in homicide cases, nearly three times the second most common, which is beating
Taking those deaths out, the number of killings increasing by 89, or 15 per cent, from 606 to 695.
London witnessed the starkest concentration of crimes involving knives and sharp instruments, highlighting the capital’s ongoing crisis.
So far in 2019 at least nine people have been murdered in the capital including Lejean Richards, 19, who was stabbed to death near Prince George’s school.
His mother Lavern Joseph said: ‘Lejean was a loving son and brother, a young man determined to turn his life around.’