London stabbing horror as teen dies after early morning attack in major park

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Police were called shortly before 4:50am today (Saturday, 16 July) after the victim self-presented at a south London hospital with stab injuries to his neck.

A Met Police spokesman said: “Sadly the 19-year-old man later died at hospital. Enquiries are ongoing to inform his next of kin.

“At this stage in the investigation, detectives believe the injuries were sustained while the victim was sat in a parked car in Beckenham Place Park at about 4:40am.”

A crime scene remains in place as the investigation, led by the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, continues.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Wood, said: “Firstly my thoughts are with the young man’s friends and family at this incredibly difficult time. I want to reassure them and the wider community that we are working around the clock to establish exactly what happened.

“It is possible that the events surrounding this incident were captured on doorbell or dashcam footage. I would urge anyone in Beckenham Hill Road and the surrounding streets to check their devices for any footage. We are especially keen to trace anyone else that was in the park at the time.

“Please take a look and call us if you have recordings of any vehicles or people acting suspiciously in the area. It is vital that we establish what happened to this young man.”

No arrests have been made and enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference CAD 1368/16Jul.

Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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