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Man, 19, stabbed to death and another in hospital following brawl near station in East London as murder probe launched

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A TEENAGER was stabbed to death in a rush hour attack near a train station in East London overnight.

The 19-year-old was knifed close to the Crossharbour DLR station following an altercation involving a “group of young men”.

British Transport Police described the attack as a “shocking act of violence in broad daylight” as they launched a murder probe.

It is believed a group of young men were involved in some kind of row which ended with the teen and the other man being knifed.

Paramedics were called immediately but despite their efforts, the 19-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene on Friday about 6pm.

Police have said they will be stepping up patrols around the area as they urged any witnesses to come forward with information.

Police arrived shortly after 6pm on Friday after receiving reports of the incident in Poplar in East London.

The two victims were located on Alexia Square close to Crossharbour DLR station.

Detective Superintendent Gareth Williams from British Transport Police said: “This was a shocking act of violence in broad daylight, which has seen a man tragically lose his life and another in hospital with serious injuries.

“While we are at the early stages of our investigation, we believe a group of young men were involved in an altercation at the station, before two of the men received stab wounds.

“We are doing all we can to find those responsible, and I would urge any witnesses, or anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious to contact us as soon as possible.”

He added: “This level of violence is highly unusual on the rail network, but we will be increasing our uniformed patrols in the Crossharbour area in the coming days, to help reassure the travelling public. “

Pictures from the scene show a yellow and white forensics tent has been erected behind a police cordon.

A bloody piece of clothing can be seen lying on the pavement along with first aid supplies.

Cops have confirmed the victim’s family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

This was a shocking act of violence in broad daylight, which has seen a man tragically lose his life and another in hospital with serious injuries.

The second male was taken to hospital by ambulance where he remains after receiving treatment.

No arrests have yet been made as police continue their investigation.

Knife crime remains a major problem in London after last year the capital saw its highest murder rate in more than decade.

Some 149 people were killed in London in 2019 – 90 of them in stabbing attacks.

It is reported ten people on average are caught with blades every day on the streets of London.

Gangs have been blamed for helping to drive the level of knife crime in the capital – especially among young men and boys.

Criminal groups are said to compete for control of the drug market in brutal “postcode wars”.

Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said the growing demand from well-off users for the Class A drug was leading to a surge in violent gang crime.

Anyone with information on the Crossharbour stabbing is urged to get in contact with British Transport Police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 424 of 10/07/20. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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