A murder investigation has been launched after a 14-year-old boy was knifed to death in east London in broad daylight.
Emergency services were called to Barking Road in East Ham, Newham, shortly before 4pm on Friday to reports of a stabbing.
Despite the efforts of paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance, the victim was pronounced dead shortly after 4.30pm.
The Metropolitan Police said efforts were under way to inform the victim’s next of kin.
A crime scene is in place and the Met said there would be an increased police presence in the area.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was “deeply saddened” by the killing, adding: “I am in touch with the Deputy Met Commissioner and my thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends.”
He urged witnesses to come forward, saying: “This appalling incident happened on a busy street in broad daylight, so if you saw or know anything then please don’t stay silent.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the force on 101 quoting reference CAD 5134/23Apr.
Alternatively witnesses can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.