Father stabbed to death close to his home in north London minutes after suspect carried out another attack

John Dunne
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<p>Leon Street was stabbed to death in Neasden Lane North on Monday </p> (Met Police)

Leon Street was stabbed to death in Neasden Lane North on Monday

(Met Police)

Police have named a father who was stabbed to death on a north west London street.

Leon Street, 48, was knifed in the chest and died despite paramedics battling to save his life.

He was attacked in Neasden Lane North at 9.30pm on Monday January 11.

Mr Street, a delivery driver, lived near the scene with his partner.

Detectives are linking the attack to another stabbing in nearby Press Road just ten minutes before Mr Street was stabbed.

A post-mortem examination held on January 13 gave Mr Street’s cause of death as stab injuries to the chest.

Homicide officers are looking through forensic reports and scouring for CCTV as part of the investigation.

Detectives believe the attacks were committed by the same suspect but they are not releasing a description of him.

It comes after the Met arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of murder along with a 33-year-old man for the same alleged offence.

Both were later released without further action.

Police were consdiering the attacks’ relation to another stabbing on Sunday, January 17. Police said they were called to reports of a stabbing in Neasden Lane North at 9.50am.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and the victim, believed to be in in his 30s, was taken to hospital for treatment to stab injuries. A police spokesman said they were awaiting reports on his condition. Therer have been no arrests.

A spokesman said: “At this early stage, officers retain an open mind as to the motive for this incident but are aware of the proximity to two stabbings on 11 January. Detectives from the Met’s homicide team have been informed.”

In relation to the fatal stabbing of Mr Street, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Williams said: “This is a murder investigation and I am working with a dedicated team of detectives to get answers for Leon’s grieving family.

“We are making progress and following up a number of lines of enquiry, and our investigation is receiving really useful support from local people in and around Neasden.

“However, there are others who may have information that could help us.

“We may be in lockdown but there were still people around Neasden Lane North on Monday evening who saw or heard something suspicious. I need those people to come forward.

“In particular, I want to hear from anyone who saw a man running in the Neasden Lane North area between 9pm and 10pm, and indeed from anyone who has seen a man hanging around the area in recent weeks.”

He went on to say that the suspect is believed to live locally.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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