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21st May 2018

Man stabbed to death in London in broad daylight as year’s death toll rises to 67

James Dawson

Another terrifying incident on the streets of the capital

A man has been stabbed to death in broad daylight in north London this evening, becoming the 67th person to be killed in the capital this year and the 42nd victim of a fatal stabbing.

Emergency services were called at around 6.30pm after a man was attacked on Upper Street, Islington, however, police and paramedics were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Local business owner Gregory Barry said he saw the incident via his CCTV camera.

He told Press Association: “There were two blokes in a van, it pulled up on the street.

“It looked like there was an altercation and the fight carried on outside the van.”

At least a dozen police officers were called to the incident, with forensic officers scanning the scene of the stabbing and the road cordoned off.

Nearby St Mary’s Church has been opened for food and shelter overnight for residents unable to return home.

The 66th victim this year came yesterday as a man in his 20s was fatally stabbed in southwest London. Over half of the suspected homicides in London this year have been in knife attacks.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: “I remain in close contact with @metpoliceuk, the local MP and Leader of the Council following a fatal stabbing in Islington this evening.

“This is being investigated by officers and my thoughts are with the victim’s family.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “An investigation has been launched following a stabbing in Islington.

“Police were called at approximately 18.30pm on Monday 21 May to reports of a man suffering stab injuries after being attacked in Upper Street.

“Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. Road closures remain in place around the scene.”

Anyone with information can contact police via 101 quoting ref: CAD5952/21May, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.