A murder investigation has been launched after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Hillingdon, west London.
The tragedy makes him the 30th teenage homicide in the capital in 2021, surpassing a peak of 29 in 2008.
Police were called at 7.30pm last night to reports of an injured male at the Philpotts Farm Open Space close to Heather Lane in Yiewsley.
Officers attended and found the teen suffering from a puncture wound.
Despite the efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 8.25pm.
His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.
Formal identification has not taken place and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course.
Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are investigating.
There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.
The incident comes just 24 hours after another teenage boy was stabbed to death in south London.
Police were called to Ashburton Park, Croydon, at around 7pm on Thursday after a 15-year-old was found with stab wounds.
Despite administering first aid, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The double stabbing means London has seen a record number of teen killings in 2021.
Last month the Met urged people to ‘get rid’ of their knives amid fears the previous grim record set in 2008 would be exceeded.
The Met’s lead on violent crime, Commander Alex Murray, said: ‘Part of talking to you today is to say to people, put the knives down, get rid of them – just get rid of them.’
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