During a violent disturbance in east London, a youngster was stabbed to death and another was critically injured.
Shortly after midnight, the Met Police were alerted to a brawl “involving a significant number of people” on Lichfield Road in Bow.
Two males were rushed to hospital with knife wounds, but one, estimated to be 17 years old, was pronounced dead at 01:45 BST, according to the police.
The second, believed to be 18 years old, is still in severe condition.
According to the Met, an investigation is underway, but no arrests have been made.
Tower hamlets stabbing
The Metropolitan Police said officers were alerted to a disturbance involving a large number of people in Lichfield Road, near Bow, at 12.09 a.m. on Sunday.
Emergency personnel discovered two teenagers with stab wounds and transported them to an east London hospital.
One of the lads, aged 17, died soon before 2 a.m., while the other, thought to be 18, is in critical condition in hospital, according to the police.
Since then, a murder investigation has begun, but no arrests have been made.
According to estimates, the brawl involved over 100 people, some of them were armed with machetes.
What exactly happened to 17-YEAR-OLD BOY at Bow stabbing?
A 17-YEAR-OLD BOY was stabbed to death in East London after reports of a battle involving “100 people with machetes.”
Another adolescent, 18, was brought to the hospital and is in critical condition. The attack occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 4, in the London district of Tower Hamlets. Just after midnight, police were summoned to Lichfield Road for a huge crowd disturbance.
Officers became aware of two guys suffering from stab wounds. London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance responded. Both men were brought to a hospital in east London.
Despite staff efforts, one boy, thought to be 17 years old, was pronounced deceased. According to the Met Police, his next of kin have been notified and are being helped by highly trained officials.
Police statements about fight involving ‘100 men with machetes’
“This is a profoundly frightening occurrence that has left one young man dead and another battling for his life in hospital,” said Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, who is overseeing the inquiry. During this difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.
“I also want to reassure them and the rest of the community that my staff and I am working around the clock to figure out exactly what happened and who is to blame.”
“I would like to invite anyone who witnessed this incident or has information that could assist our investigation to please contact us and share what they know.”
“According to sources, approximately a hundred persons armed with guns were involved.
“While our study is still in its early stages, this information does not appear to be entirely accurate.
“We know that a large number of people were participating in this incident, although they were not necessarily directly involved or armed with firearms.”
Investigations related to Tower hamlets stabbing today
Following the incident, Metropolitan Police issued a Section 60 Authorisation in the E1 and E3 postal regions. The order empowers police to stop and search anyone in the area who does not have “reasonable reasons.”
“An incident involving significant violence has taken place in the Lichfield Road E3 area after a call to over 100 persons armed with machetes,'” according to a copy of the Section 60 Order circulating among residents in the area and shared on Twitter.
“It is thought to have started with a group of unwelcome guests attending a party.”
The order was in effect from 12.36 a.m. to 7 a.m. today.
There have been no arrests.
Anyone who observed this incident or has recorded footage or photographs is asked to contact the major incident room at 0208 345 3715, referencing Operation Wildcast.
Information can also be supplied anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
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