A man has been stabbed to death in north London, in what is the fourth violent killing in the capital in five days.
Police were called to a residence in Haringey where a fight had reportedly broken out on Monday evening.
They found a man in his forties suffering from a knife wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A suspect was arrested on suspicion of murder. Officers are informing the victim’s next of kin.
It is believed to be the 135th killing in the capital so far this year – just shy of the 141 homicides recorded by police in 2018, the highest number in a calendar year since 2008.
It also marks London’s fourth killing since Thursdaym after a spate of violence saw three young men murdered in little more than 12 hours.
It began at 2pm on Thursday, as Exauce Ngimbi, 22, was stabbed to death in Lower Clapton. Four people, including a 14-year-old boy, were arrested.
Shortly after midnight, a 26-year-old was fatally stabbed near Harrods department store in Knightsbridge.
Police said they believed he and another man he was with – who was also stabbed – were victim to a robbery attempt as they made their way home from a restaurant.
Three hours later, a 20-year-old man named Crosslom Davis, better known as drill rapper “Bis”, was pronounced dead at the scene of a stabbing in Deptford.
The latest victim is yet to be formally identified, the Metropolitan Police said, and a crime scene remains in place at Green Lanes in Haringey – a borough in which a 17-year-old boy was also shot on Wednesday. His wounds were not life-threatening, police said.
Addressing the wave of violence ahead of the most recent attack, police Commander Jane Connors said in a statement on Friday: “Each one of these attacks is a tragedy, not just for the victims and their families and friends, but for our wider communities who are left reeling by this senseless violence.
“And the common factor in each one is that someone was willing to carry a knife on the streets of our capital.
Commander Connors implored the public to help the Met identify those willing to carry knives.
She added: “We are grateful for those who already have had the courage to speak to us about those they know pose a danger to others.
“It makes our resolve even stronger to provide these grieving families the justice they deserve.”
Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.