A 15-year-old boy has been stabbed to death following a birthday party at a community centre in Romford, attended by more than 100 people.
Officers were called to Clockhouse Lane at 9.05pm on Saturday following reports of a large fight following a birthday party, with early reports suggesting that groups were fighting and the centre was being damaged by youths.
The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics but was pronounced dead a short while later.
Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said.
Police said that officers and London Ambulance Service were “confronted by a large number of youths” when they attended the scene.
A bus driver aged in his fifties was treated for a head injury at the scene. There are no other reports of injuries.
Detective sergeant Gurj Singh said: “Response officers who attended the initial calls were confronted with up to 100 youths leaving a birthday party gathering at a community centre.
“There appeared to be fighting and tragically a teenager has been found with fatal injuries.”
Local MP Andrew Rosindell said after visiting the area that it was “devastating” that a young life had “so tragically been cut short on our streets tonight”.
I have visited Collier Row tonight to speak to Police at the scene of a very serious incident. A stabbing has taken place at the corner of Lynwood Drive and Clockhouse Lane, resulting in the death of a 14 year old boy, following a private party at North Romford Community Centre.— Andrew Rosindell MP (@AndrewRosindell) June 23, 2018
This is devasting news for the residents of North Romford. We must now wait for all the facts about this incident to be released. Until then, our condolences must go to the family of the young boy whose life has so tragically been cut short on our streets tonight.— Andrew Rosindell MP (@AndrewRosindell) June 23, 2018
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward, as well as any video footage or images of the violent aftermath to the party.
London has been rocked by a spike of stabbings and shootings, with more than 60 murder investigations launched by the Metropolitan Police so far this year.
Official figures released in April shows there has been a 22% increase in knife crime and 11% rise in gun crime in the past year.