Teen stabbed to death in brawl outside Pizza Express named

Kye Manning, 19, who has been named as the victim of a fatal stabbing on Brighton Road in Croydon on Thursday evening

A teenager stabbed to death after a mass brawl on a suburban high street has been identified.

Kye Manning, 19, was killed during a knife fight in Purley, London

Emergency services were called at about 9.10pm on Thursday to Brighton Road in Croydon to reports of a stabbing.

Mr Manning, 19, died at the scene at 9.50pm, Scotland Yard said.

Diners in a nearby Pizza Express were ushered through a back door to avoid the knife fight, which resulted in the sixth murder investigation sparked in London over the last seven days.

An eye-witness told the Evening Standard: “There was a lad standing near the dying boy carrying two kitchen knives.

“They were about eight inches long. I took them off him.”

A post-mortem examination has taken place and the cause of death was identified as a single stab wound to the heart.

Police said a total of five males have been arrested as part of the investigation.

An 18-year-old man who was found nearby suffering from stab injuries was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in hospital.

The incident is the latest in a spate of violent knife crime in the capital (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

A 20-year-old man who was found close to Purley Railway Station suffering from a slash wound has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in hospital.

A 17-year-old boy who was arrested near the scene has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

An 18-year-old man who was arrested near the scene has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

A 15-year-old boy arrested near the scene has been arrested on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail to a date in early August pending further enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector John Massey, who is leading the investigation, said: "This is a terrible incident which has resulted in a young man's life being tragically cut short.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.

"We have made a number of arrests, and my officers and I will continue to work tirelessly to piece together what happened and to bring those responsible to justice.

"However, we cannot do this alone and I would call on the community to help us solve this heinous crime.

"I would urge anyone who witnessed what took place or anyone with information about those responsible to contact police immediately.

"We have specialist officers standing by to take your call and offer their support. If you would rather not speak to police, you can call Crimestoppers or Fearless anonymously.

"I would implore anyone with information to make that call. We all need to rise to the challenge and bring this young man's killers to justice."