101 murder investigations launched in London in 2018 after man in his 20s is stabbed to death

The man’s death comes just days after police announced their 100th homicide investigation (PA)

A man in his 20s has died after being stabbed in south-east London as the capital’s spate of violent crime continues.

Scotland Yard said the victim was discovered with stab injuries on Creek Road, at the junction with Deptford Church Street, in Deptford at about 11.45pm on Saturday.

He was taken by paramedics to a south London hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12.40am.

No arrests have been made and the Homicide and Major Crime Command have been informed.

A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

The death comes just days after police announced their 100th homicide investigation this year in the capital with the death of a woman who was severely burned in a flat fire.

Kaltoun Saleh, 43, died in hospital nearly seven weeks after the blaze in Finsbury Park, north London, prompting detectives to begin treating it as murder, Scotland Yard said on Thursday evening.

Though 100 such investigations have been announced in London in 2018, it does not mean there have been that many murders and the figure is entangled in technicality.

Some were later treated as manslaughter, one was found to have been of natural causes – while another was a five-year-old missing person case that detectives revealed was being treating as murder in May.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the number of homicide investigations managed to overtake the rate in New York.

Anyone with information on the latest incident should contact police on 101 quoting CAD 7831/25 August, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.