Murder probe launched after young man stabbed to death in Burnt Oak


Detectives have launched a murder probe after young man was stabbed to death in north-west London.

A 22-year-old man was found by London Ambulance Service paramedics suffering from multiple stab injuries on Martlesham Walk in Burnt Oak on Saturday night, the Metropolitan Police said.

Despite attempts by both paramedics and police to save the young man, who is yet to be named, he was pronounced dead at around 11.45pm.

Specialist Crime Command detectives announced they were launching a murder probe on Monday. They are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time, or who saw or heard anything suspicious, to contact the police.

Chief Superintendent Roy Smith, from the North West BCU, called the death “tragic and needless”.

He said: “This is another tragic and needless loss of a young life on the streets of London and my thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends.

“My officers responded immediately and did their very best to save this young man’s life – administering CPR and first aid at the scene.

“We will continue to use every tactic and every opportunity to bear down on violence and this will include the use of stop and search which, in the last few days alone, has removed deadly weapons from the streets of north west London. I would ask communities to support our officers as they do everything they can to stop another family suffering the pain of losing a loved one.

“Local safer neighbourhood officers will be out on patrol over the coming days, please do take a moment to talk to them if you have any information or concerns.”

Five other stabbings were reported on Saturday alone in the capital, all being investigated by police.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) at approximately 23:05hrs on Saturday, 5 September to reports of a stabbing on Debden Close, NW9.

“Officers attended and found a 22-year-old man suffering from a stab injuries on Martlesham Walk. They immediately provided first aid.

“Despite their efforts and that of LAS medics to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 23:45hrs.

“His next of kin have been informed. Formal identification is yet to take place.

“A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

“At this early stage, no arrests have been made.

“A murder investigation has been launched, led by homicide detectives from the Specialist Crime Command.”