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Man dies after stabbing in South Hampstead

Police probing triple stabbing make two arrests

26 July, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Police at the scene by Ainsworth House

A MAN has died and another has been injured after being stabbed in South Hampstead.

Police were called at about 11.45pm last night (Thursday) to Boundary Road.

Officers found two men, aged 20 and 22, with stab injuries.

Both were taken to hospital but sadly the 20-year-old, who has not been named but is understood to be from Camden, was pronounced dead just under an hour later.

Officers have informed his next of kin who are being supported by specialist officers.

The 22-year-old man is not critically injured but remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition, the Met Police said.

Two men aged 20 and 23 were arrested on suspicion of murder following an armed stop of a blue Audi A3 in Shirland Road, Maida Vale, in the early hours of this morning. They remain in police custody.

Police outside Ainsworth House

The Met have confirmed they are linking another incident in the West Kilburn area to the murder probe.

Police were called to Lancefield Street where a 20-year-old man was found with a stab wound to the leg at midnight – about 15 minutes after the first incident.

He is in hospital and his injuries are not life-threatening.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe, from the Met’s Specialist Crime team, said: “My team is working hard to establish the circumstances of this violent incident, and our thoughts and condolences are with the family of the man who died last night.

“This has already been a fast paced investigation and these efforts will continue throughout the coming hours and days.

“We are keeping an open mind about motive and appeal for information from anyone we have not yet spoken to, whether that is direct into my team or anonymously via Crimestoppers.”

Ainsworth House in the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate is cordoned off by police.

Emergency police stop and search powers – a section 60 order which removes the need for reasonable suspicion to stop someone – have been authorised.

Camden Council leader Councillor Georgia Gould said this morning: “Everyone at Camden is devastated that a young man lost his life and another was injured on Boundary Road last night. All our thoughts are with their family and community today.

“A section 60 is in place across the area and the council and police will be providing reassurance around the area today.

“Just a few days ago we were opening a new youth and family centre in Kilburn and celebrating the potential of our young people. It is heartbreaking that some of that potential was cut short last night.

“From youth workers in hospitals and custody suites to trauma informed school networks the whole community is working to keep our young people safe. Last night is a tragic reminder of how urgent this work is.”

Tulip Siddiq, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, said she was “horrified” by the double stabbing.

She has written to the new Home Secretary Priti Patel to demand an emergency COBRA meeting. Operation Shutdown, a campaign group which formed earlier this year in a wake of knife killings, has made the same call repeatedly to the government.

Ms Siddiq said: “I am horrified by the double stabbing in South Hampstead last night, with one fatality. Section 60 powers are currently in force. I am in contact with the police and would urge anyone with information to call 101 immediately.

“I want to thank the London Ambulance Service and police for their responses. Knife crime creates a profound sense of misery and the scale of the problem is clear. I have written to the new Home Secretary to demand a national response, beginning with a COBRA meeting.”

John Boyle, chief executive of South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership (SHAK), a charity which runs The ARC Youth Club on the Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, said: “We do work with young people all the time and our activities are aimed at trying to prevent this kind of thing from happening so it’s very sad when it does happen.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 10016/july25 or the incident room on 0208 358 0200. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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