boy 16 stabbed to death in south london

Boy, 16, ‘stabbed to death’ in south London

Greenleaf Close (as seen from Tulse Hill)Image copyright Google
Image caption Officers were called to reports of a shooting in Greenleaf Close, Tulse Hill

A 16-year-old boy has died in a suspected stabbing in south London.

The Metropolitan Police said initial inquiries suggested the teenager died of stab wounds in a violent incident in Tulse Hill on Monday.

Officers were first called to reports of a shooting in Greenleaf Close at 22:53 GMT where the boy was found unconscious. He died at 23:41.

The Met has deployed hundreds of extra officers on the streets of the capital in the wake of recent deaths.

It said no arrests have been made over Monday’s killing and the boy’s next of kin have been informed.

This latest incident comes after four people – two teenagers and two men – died in knife attacks in London in five days.

London violence ‘to take 10 years to solve’

The suspected murder means the number of homicides in the capital during 2018 has now reached 119 – three more than in 2017.

On Monday, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan warned it could take a generation to turn the tide of violent crime in the capital.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics released in April showed that knife crime rose by 22% in England and Wales in 2017.

There were 39,598 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument – up from 32,448 in 2016.