Boy, 14, rammed off moped and stabbed to death by gang in east London
Police and paramedics were called to the scene just before 6.30pm
A 14-year-old boy was rammed off his moped by a car and stabbed to death by a gang of men in east London on Tuesday night.
After smashing into his moped on Bickley Road in Waltham Forest, three males got out of a car and stabbed the victim, before fleeing the scene in the vehicle.
Emergency services were called to the scene just before 6.30pm, however, despite attempts to resuscitate the boy, he was declared dead by paramedics at 7.09pm.
His next of kin have been informed and investigations are underway, police said. No arrests have yet been made.
"A 14-year-old boy was found with stab injuries. It has now been established by detectives the boy was riding a moped that had been involved in a collision with a car," a Scotland Yard spokesperson said.
"It is believed that three males got out of the car and then stabbed the victim before returning to the vehicle and driving off.
"A crime scene is in place. The Homicide and Major Crime team has been informed."
Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker said: "Everyone is shocked and appalled by this murder. The age of the victim, a boy aged 14, beggars belief and I completely understand the alarm and concern it has raised from those who live and work in the area.
"A crime scene remains in place today as officers continue their painstaking work to piece together the details of the attack. A section 60 was put in place following this incident and is being continually reviewed.
"I would urge the local community to be patient and cooperate where possible with the work detectives are getting on with in the area.
"My officers will be out working to support investigators today and be there to talk to the public and listen to the concerns they have. Neighbourhood patrols will be stepped up in the area and locals can expect to see more police. I would urge anyone with information on the attack to contact police without delay. "
I’m greatly saddened by news of the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old in Waltham Forest, and my thoughts are with his family and friends.
If anyone has information about this horrific incident - please contact the @metpoliceuk on 101 or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously. https://t.co/zQ4FL5DTeR
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 8, 2019
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said on Twitter that he was "greatly saddened" by the news of the fatal stabbing. "My thoughts are with his family and friends," he added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via 101 quoting reference 5720/8Jan or on 020 8345 3985.
Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.