A MAN was stabbed to death outside a Casualty star’s flat after refusing to hand over money to youths, it was claimed yesterday.
A murder investigation was launched and a number of streets were cordoned off after the late-night knife attack.
A man in his 40s, said to be a delivery driver, was pronounced dead in one of London’s most affluent streets just after 11pm on Wednesday.
Mika Simmons (pictured), 42, an actress in the BBC medical drama, tweeted shortly before midnight: ‘A young black man has just been stabbed to death outside my flat in Chelsea.
‘I’ve been told he was working as a delivery driver & refused to give some other youths some money.
‘@SadiqKhan @theresa-may when are you going to help these children? #KnifeCrime #London.’
Another witness described seeing a man lying ‘diagonally across the street’ and motionless before police arrived.
She said: ‘It was just really quiet. You come out and everyone’s already there. No one heard or saw anything.’
The man had not yet been formally identified yesterday, although his next of kin were informed. He told people trying to help him that he was a father-of-three.
London has had a spate of fatal knife crimes this year. The Metropolitan police has opened more than 60 murder investigations this year and there were 45 in the first three months of 2018, compared with 23 during the same period last year.
London mayor Sadiq Khan stated yesterday: ‘I was deeply saddened to learn of the fatal stabbing of a man and my thoughts are with his friends and family.
‘The police are doing everything in their power to bring those responsible to justice. If you carry a knife, be prepared to face the full force of the law.
‘I remain in close contact with the Met police and I am meeting the deputy commissioner later today. We must all work together to bring an end to senseless violent crime, which affects the whole country.
‘I am continuing to do all I can to tackle this dreadful scourge, including investing millions in the Met’s new violent crime task force.’
Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.