The Metropolitan police have launched a murder investigation after a teenager was stabbed and killed in south-east London.
Police and paramedics were called to Hervey Road, Blackheath, at about 8.10pm on Wednesday, where they found 19-year-old Jordan Wright with stab wounds. He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, where he died.
“We sent a paramedic in a car, an ambulance crew, an incident response officer and an advanced paramedic to the scene,” a London ambulance service spokeswoman said. “We were at the scene with the patient for approximately 15 minutes and treatment would have continued en route.”
Detectives from the Met’s homicide and major crime command are investigating and have appealed for witnesses. Police said the victim’s next of kin had been informed.
Police said they were keen to speak with a group of males thought to have been with Wright before the attack.
DCI Diane Tudway said: “I believe Jordan was part of a group of young men who had entered the park together before he was stabbed. Those other young men will know who they are, and I urge each of them to call police or Crimestoppers and simply describe what they saw.”
The latest death brings the number of children and teenagers killed by knives across the UK this year to 13, according to the Guardian’s tally. It comes after Cressida Dick, the new Met commissioner, said on Tuesday that tackling knife and gun crime would mark out her commissionership.
In her first round of media interviews since taking up the role, Dick told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 that she was worried by figures showing that gun and knife crime in London had risen by 42% and 24% respectively in a year.
“I’m not sure that we can be certain it’s a trend and, as you know with all violent crime – and I want to bear down across the wide spectrum of violent crime – there are subcategories, and a lot of recategorisation going on. So sometimes I think the public could be forgiven for getting confused about what’s actually happening,” Dick said.
“But if it is that gun crime and knife crime is going up then that’s of huge concern to me and it will mark out my commissionership, trying to bear down on violence in general and those two crimes in particular.”