Detectives launch murder probe after two boys, 16, are stabbed to death in Greenwich – in the latest wave of bloodshed to hit the streets of London
- Police were called at around 17:10hrs to reports of people injured in Greenwich
- The MET found two boys, 16, with stab wounds a mile apart from one another
- Paramedics arrived but both of the young men were declared dead at the scene
- A double-murder investigation is underway to connect the two stabbings
Two 16-year-old boys have become the latest victims of lawless London tonight, after the pair were found fatally stabbed at Sewell Road in Abbey Wood and Titmuss Avenue in Thamesmead — just a mile apart.
Police and paramedics were scrambled just after 5pm, but despite the efforts of the emergency services, both of the teenagers succumbed to their wounds and died earlier this evening.
They have become the latest victims in the bloodshed to have swept across the capital, with eight people fatally stabbed or shot since November 25.
Police were called at around 17:10hrs to reports of people injured in Sewell Road, Abbey Wood and Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead, to find two 16-year-old males with stab wounds. They were both declared dead later that evening
Officers are seeking witnesses to urgently establish any link between the two deaths, which happened within a mile apart from one another. Officers are pictured at the scene
Their next of kin will be provided with support from specialist officers, the police said.
Officers are seeking witnesses to urgently establish any link between the two deaths.
A Section 60 order, providing officers with additional search powers, is in place until 8:00am on Sunday.
Further information as to the nature of the two attacks or how they were linked was not immediately available.
Anyone with information related to the attacks is asked to call 101, giving the reference 4943/26NOV.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Residents of Greenwich and concerned Londoners took to Facebook after the news broke.
‘How heart breaking that is someone’s baby,’ said Emma Edmeades. ‘We need more officers on the street patrolling and stop searching EVERYONE & lone youths no matter what age ether!’
Londoner Lindsay Payn said: ‘This is awful. This world we live makes me worry for the safety of my kids. My thoughts are with the family xx.’
A Section 60 order, providing officers with additional search powers, is in place until 08:00hrs on Sunday, 27 November
It is the latest in a wave of vicious attacks to have erupted on the streets of the capital, after a teenage boy was brutally stabbed on a busy Victoria Line train in Stockwell station in Lambeth on Wednesday.
This month, three people were stabbed on November 4 in Colindale, North London. The trio, two in their 20s and one in his 30s, were taken to hospital for treatment to stab injuries.
In late October, a 32-year-old man was stabbed to death near Waterloo Station.
Two Metropolitan Police officers were also stabbed by a knifeman in the West End the month before.
Approximately 10,366 knife crime offenses have been recorded this year starting in January 2022, according to police statistics, compared with 9,050 over the same period in 2021.
A timeline of violence on London’s streets
October 25, Henley Road, Illford: Fatal shooting kills Saydi Abu Sheikh and 32-year-old Zakariya Jeilani Mohamed.
October 29, Lower Marsh Street: Fatal stabbing kills 32-year-old Adrian Keise.
October 30, Railton Road, Brixton: Fatal shooting kills two men including delivery driver Guilherme Messias Da Silva
October 30, Harrow Road, Wembley: Fatal shooting kills a 21-year-old man
November 3, Colindale Avenue, Colindale: Three men are knifed in the street. No arrests.
November 23, Stockwell station, Lambeth: teenage boy was brutally stabbed on a busy Victoria Line train
November 26, Greenwich, Sewell Road, Abbey Wood and Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead: Two 16-year-old boys stabbed to death a mile apart from one another