A teenager has died after being stabbed in the neck in a south London park.
The 19-year-old man was attacked as he sat in a parked car at 4.40am on Saturday in the historic Beckenham Place Park, the largest green space in Lewisham.
Police were called ten minutes later when the victim presented himself at a south London hospital.
He later died there of his horrific neck injuries. Detectives have launched a murder investigation and enquiries are being made to inform his next of kin.
A crime scene remains in place as an investigation continues, led by the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Wood said: “Firstly my thoughts are with the young man’s friends and family at this incredibly difficult time.
“I want to reassure them and the wider community that we are working around the clock to establish exactly what happened.
“It is possible that the events surrounding this incident were captured on doorbell or dashcam footage. I would urge anyone in Beckenham Hill Road and the surrounding streets to check their devices for any footage.
“We are especially keen to trace anyone else that was in the park at the time.
“Please take a look and call us if you have recordings of any vehicles or people acting suspiciously in the area. It is vital that we establish what happened to this young man.”
No arrests have been made and enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.
Lewisham Council warned on social media: “If you’re planning to head to Beckenham Place Park today, please note the car park is currently CLOSED. You will need to find alternative ways of getting there. We’ll update you when this changes.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting CAD 1368/16Jul, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.