A 16-year-old boy was knifed to death on the streets of Luton this afternoon.
Officers were called to reports of a stabbing on Stoneygate Road, Challney, at around 4pm.
The victim was rushed to hospital suffering multiple stab wounds, but was pronounced dead two hours later.
Bedfordshire Police said the victim has not yet been formally identified, but that his family had been made aware of his death.
The force said a teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
The suspect also received hospital treatment for minor injuries.
Chief Superintendent John Murphy said: ‘Appalling violence has cost a teenage boy his life today.
‘We have dedicated specialist officers piecing together the circumstances around this shocking attack and our thoughts are with the victim’s family, as well as friends and the wider community who will be concerned and saddened by this news.’
He said investigators believed the attack to be an isolated incident.
‘We will pursue anybody who thinks the use of weapons is acceptable and we will crack down hard on anybody perpetrating this kind of crime,” Mr Murphy said.
‘We are doing all we can, but would always encourage our communities to report anything they may have seen.’
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Bedfordshire Police on 101 quoting Operation Alstromeria.
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