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Fatal stab victim, 16, ‘begged for help’

Murder inquiry: A police officer guards a cordon in Munster Square, Camden PICTURE: PA

A BOY of 16 is said to have hammered on doors screaming for help before he was murdered with a machete.

The teenager was stabbed to death after three attackers leapt out of a car in north London on Monday night.

A worker at a cafe said: ‘The car just pulled up, people jumped out and chased him through the estate. They stabbed him and then drove off.’

One witness told the London Evening Standard the victim had banged on doors screaming ‘help me, help me’. But they said he got no response from frightened residents in Munster Square, Camden. He was pronounced dead at the scene and a murder investigation has begun.

Doug Paterson was staying at his friend’s flat and saw the gang from a balcony. ‘They were running together and looked suspicious,’ the 61-year-old from Aberdeen said.

‘They were shouting amongst themselves. One was wearing a black tracksuit and another a grey tracksuit. I can’t remember what the other had on.’ The murder inquiry is the 90th launched in London this year and the victim was the 75th teenager murdered since the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan took office in 2016.

Mr Khan (pictured) said the ‘senseless death’ was ‘another example of how violent crime destroys lives and traumatises communities’. He added that City Hall was doing everything it could ‘to reduce violent crime and tackle its root causes’.