Man in his 20s stabbed to death in London hours after Theresa May’s knife crime summit

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A man believed to be in his 20s was stabbed to death in London on Monday night (Picture: PA)
A man believed to be in his 20s was stabbed to death in London on Monday night (Picture: PA)

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man believed to have been in his 20s was stabbed.

Officers said they found the man with stab injuries in Kentish Town, north-west London, after being called at about 8.30pm on Monday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene near the Grafton Road junction with Vicars Road, despite the efforts of medics.

The killing came on the same day the prime minister hosted a summit on knife crime at Downing Street.

Theresa May said that the issue is “deep-seated” and will require a cross-society effort to tackle it.

London mayor Sadiq Khan, prime minister Theresa May, Youth Justice Board co-chair Roy Sefa-Attakora and Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick during a youth violence summit in Downing Street (Picture: PA)
London mayor Sadiq Khan, prime minister Theresa May, Youth Justice Board co-chair Roy Sefa-Attakora and Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick during a youth violence summit in Downing Street (Picture: PA)

However, police officers, teachers and nurses criticised government plans to make them accountable for failing to “spot warning signs” of violent crime among young people.

“We cannot simply arrest ourselves out of this problem,” Mrs May said.

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The summit convened after days of violence across the country, including a slew of serious stabbings in Edmonton, north London, from Saturday night into Sunday morning, as well as the death of a 40-year-old motorist at the wheel of his vehicle in Clapham, south-west London, and a 29-year-old fatally stabbed on Thursday afternoon in Toxteth, Liverpool.

Hours later and police were responding to another fatal stabbing in the capital.

A friend of the Kentish Town victim told the Evening Standard: “He was loved. He has everyone out here, every culture in the area was out for him.

“He’s not lived his life yet.”

Police activity near the Grafton Road junction with Vicars Road in Kentish Town, London, after the fatal stabbing of a man in his 20s (Picture: PA)
Police activity near the Grafton Road junction with Vicars Road in Kentish Town, London, after the fatal stabbing of a man in his 20s (Picture: PA)
The man was pronounced dead at the scene (Picture: PA)
The man was pronounced dead at the scene (Picture: PA)

No arrests have been made in connection with the killing.

While formal identification is yet to take place, the man’s next-of-kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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