A murder investigation has been launched after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death in a horrific attack in a south east London street this evening.
Paramedics, multiple police vehicles and an air ambulance were called to Woolwich New Road, south east London, at 5.23pm yesterday after the victim was attacked in front of horrified onlookers.
Despite the efforts of the emergency services, the teenage boy was pronounced dead at the scene at 6.08pm.
His next of kin has been informed and formal identification has not taken place.
Police were later called to a south London hospital after another 15-year-old boy self-presented with a stab wound.
The teenager, whose injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, has now been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Emergency services at the scene after a teenage boy was stabbed to death in a horrific attack on Woolwich New Road, south east London
Police officers stand outside a nearby Tesco branch after it was evacuated earlier today
Forensic teams carry out their investigations after a teenage boy was stabbed in Woolwich
Detective Chief Inspector Perry Benton, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘We know that there were a lot of people around at the time who may have witnessed the events leading up to this incident.
‘I’m sure people will have mobile phone footage from the scene and, if they believe it could assist our investigation, I would urge them to pass it on to us.
‘One arrest has been made, but our enquiries are still at an early stage so I would ask anyone who knows anything about the motive for this attack, or who was responsible, to contact us immediately.’
Superintendent Petra Lazar, of South East BCU, said: ‘It is shocking and extremely saddening that a teenage boy has lost his life as the result of knife crime.
‘My thoughts at this time are with the family of the boy who has died.
‘This incident will understandably cause worry and concern to local residents and I would like to reassure them my officers are supporting the murder detectives in every way we can. Increased patrols will be carried out in the area over the next few days.’
A police cordon has now been put in place around the scene and drivers have been warned to avoid the area as the force carry out their investigations.
Following the attack, a local Tesco branch was evacuated before armed police barred the entrance and raided the store ‘in search of the suspect’, My London reports.
Images from the scene also appeared to show members of the public holding up sheets to cover the victim from view as paramedics desperately tried to save his life.
In a statement earlier today, a police spokesperson said: ‘Police were called at 17.23hrs on Monday, 5 July to reports of a stabbing on Woolwich New Road, SE18.
‘Officers attended and found a teenage boy suffering from a stab injury. They immediately provided first aid prior to the arrival of the London Ambulance Service. Despite their efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 18.08hrs.’
Today Matthew Pennycook, the Labour MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, wrote on Twitter: ‘Woolwich is grieving the senseless murder of yet another young man on our streets this evening. Another family devastated.
A police cordon has now been put in place around the scene and drivers have been warned to avoid the area
Police officers remain at the scene as they carry out their investigations into the murder
‘The promise of another life extinguished. I urge anyone with any information to come forward to the police.’
And Greenwich council leader Dan Thorpe said the ‘senseless murder’ had ‘devastated a family’.
He said: ‘The thoughts and prayers of everyone in @RoyalGreenwich tonight are with the family of the young person whose life has been lost in Woolwich.
‘This senseless murder has devastated a family and our community holds them in our thoughts and prayers tonight.
‘We are working closely with MPS Greenwich to find those responsible and bring them to justice as quickly as possible. If you know anything at all please get in touch with them. Please do not share on social media. ‘
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 using the reference 5748/05Jul.