Two boys were stabbed to death within an hour of each other on Thursday evening, making 2021 the bloodiest year on record for teen homicides in London. A 16-year-old boy was fatally wounded at Philpot’s Farm, Yiewsley, west London, and was pronounced dead at 8.25pm. It followed the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in Ashburton Park, Croydon, south London, who was pronounced dead at 7.36pm. Speaking from the scene in Croydon, Metropolitan Police Commander Alex Murray said: “My message today, other than speaking to the families and friends of those that London has lost, is to say you cannot carry knives in London. “This is what happens when knives are carried and we all have a role in relation to tackling knife crime.” In a direct message to parents, he said: “If you have concerns, talk to your kids."
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