Tower Hamlets: One dead and another critically injured after ‘highly worrying incident’

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Tower Hamlets: One dead and another critically injured after ‘highly worrying incident’

A murder investigation has been launched after a teenager was stabbed to death in Tower Hamlets, the Met Police has said.

Officers rushed to Lichfield Road at around midnight on Sunday following reports of a fight involving a large group of people.

Two males with serious stab wounds were taken to hospital. Despite the best efforts of medical staff a 17-year-old was pronounced dead at 1.54am.

His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

The other male, aged 18, remains in critical condition.

Detective Mark Rogers, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This is a highly worrying incident that has left one young man dead and another fighting for his life in hospital. My thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends at this difficult time.

“I also want to reassure them and the wider community that my team and I are working around the clock to establish exactly what has happened and who is responsible. I would ask anyone who witnessed this incident or may have information that could help our investigation to please get in touch with us and share what you know.

“I am aware of reports saying that about a hundred people, armed with weapons were involved. While I would stress that our investigation is in its very early stages, this information does not appear to be wholly accurate. We know a significant number of people were caught up in this incident but not necessarily directly involved or armed with weapons.”

An investigation is under way but no arrests have yet been made.

Anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has captured footage or images, should call the Major Incident Room on 0208 345 3715, giving the reference Operation Wildcast.

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.