A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a “friendly, bubbly” teenager in south London.
Keane Flynn-Harling, 16, was found suffering from stab injuries in Oval on Monday night.
Detectives detained the suspect, 29, on Thursday afternoon. He remained in custody at a south London police station.
Police were called to Oval Place just before midnight and attended along with members of the London Ambulance service – but the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.
Scotland Yard said the victim’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.
Detective Chief Inspector Dan O’Sullivan, said: “Officers are working around the clock, pursuing a number of leads and enquiries following this sad and needless loss of another young life on the streets of London.
“My officers will do all they can to find the person or persons responsible.
“A number of people have spoken to us already, but there are more who have yet to come forward.
“I continue to urge anyone with information to speak to us about what you know – it could prove crucial in bringing Keane’s family justice.”
On Tuesday, friends and family arrived to lay flowers and cards at the scene – paying tribute to the teenager.
Multiple bunches of flowers and messages were left tied to nearby railings addressed to “Keane”, and signed by aunts and uncles.
“I’m so sorry you’re gone. We love you so much, rest in perfect peace,” read one, while another said “love you with all my heart baby boy, we love you millions.”
“Keano, taken too soon. Sleep tight with the angels,” said another.
A family friend of the boy described him as “nice, friendly, bubbly… a nice character,” and said she had known him all his life.
Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, responsible for local policing in Lambeth and Southwark, said: “I am shocked and saddened by the senseless loss of another young life to knife crime.
“I am also deeply saddened that another family experiences the painful loss of a son, and the trauma knife crime brings is once again experienced in our local community.
“Every loss of life is a tragedy and this needless violence must end. I urge anyone with information to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 8532/05Jul.