Search icon


01st Jul 2023

Boy, 17, found in canal after being stabbed to death

Steve Hopkins

Three youths aged 14, 15 and 17 have been arrested

A teenage boy pulled from a London canal with fatal stab wounds has been named.

The 17-year-old was on Saturday named as, Victor Lee, from Ealing, and was pictured for the first time.

He was recovered from the water under Scrubs Lane, west London, just after 6pm last Sunday.

On Friday night, police arrested three teenagers – aged 14, 15 and 17 – on suspicion of murder.

They remain in custody at south London police stations.

A post-mortem examination held on Wednesday gave Victor’s cause of death as a stab wounds.

Met Police said Victor’s family had been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie, from the Specialist Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said the force is continuing to provide Victor’s family “with support during this traumatic time and our thoughts remain with them”.

Howie said police still want to hear from anyone who has “information about what happened last Sunday”.

“Were you in the area of the Grand Union Canal towpath near the Scrubs Lane bridge, or travelling on Scrubs Lane, between 17:15 and 18:15hrs?

“Did you see a fight, or hear anything that may assist with the investigation?

“If you were driving in the area and have a dash cam, please review your footage and contact us or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Howie said investigator would be in the vicinity of Scrubs Lane on Sunday “as part of a proactive appeal for information”.

Information can be provided to police via 101 quoting reference CAD 5828/25Jun.

Meanwhile, a schoolboy murdered on Thursday night in Lancashire has been described as a “gentle giant with a heart of gold” by his devastated family.

Aspiring car mechanic Dylan Bragger, 15, was pronounced dead after being knifed at around 9pm.

Lancashire Police say a 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with his murder.

Dylan’s heartbroken relatives said he was “loved by so many” and “didn’t deserve any of this”.

In a statement issued via police, his family said: “Our boy had a heart of gold, he was a gentle giant and was loved by so many. “As a family we have no words to explain how we are feeling at this heart-breaking time.

“Dylan had such an infectious smile that would light up any room and he could cheer anyone up with one of his big bear hugs.

“He was just a 15-year-old lad working towards being a car mechanic, with his whole life ahead of him.

“We’ve got a hole in our heart that will never heal and no amount of words will ever take our pain away.”

Also on Thursday, a 15-year-old boy and 23-year-old man were killed after a horror night of violence in Archway.

Police were called to Elthorne Road just after 11.30pm and found the teen dead at the scene.

The man was taken to hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

A third man, aged 28, was found at a nearby address with a stab injury not considered life-threatening.

Witnesses said a music video was being shot when violence flared, the Evening Standard reported.

Related links:

Two teenage girls arrested after two men stabbed – leaving one fighting for his life

16-month-old girl dies after mum leaves her home alone to go on vacation – for 10 days

Hilarious moment armed robber gets trapped under shop’s roller shutters

Doctor ‘sexually assaulted woman by putting his semen into her cups of coffee’

One-legged British crime boss jailed after five years on the run