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Four men die in New Year’s knife attacks across capital

Clash on a bus: Police in Tulse Hill where a 17-year-old was stabbed to death PICTURE: LNP

FOUR young men were stabbed to death in London in just 24 hours.

Three of the victims — aged 17, 18, and 20 — were attacked on New Year’s Eve, while a 20-year-old was killed early yesterday.

A fifth man is in a critical condition after yesterday’s attack.

Five men have been arrested in connection with one of the deaths, the Metropolitan Police said.

The 17-year-old died from a stab wound after an altercation on a bus in Tulse Hill, south London.

The other killings on Sunday took place in Enfield and West Ham, in the north and east of the capital respectively.

Yesterday’s attack was in east London, close to the Old Street roundabout.

Met Commander Neil Jerome said the incidents were not related, and to have four deaths in such a short period was ‘unusual’. He added: ‘It is heart-breaking that, at a time when so many of us are contemplating what lies ahead in 2018, four families are dealing with the grief of losing a loved one to senseless violence and the callous use of knives as lethal weapons.

‘I can assure Londoners — and the families and friends of the four males killed and the fifth who remains in hospital — that detectives will work tirelessly to bring to justice those responsible.’

The attacks in the final hours of 2017 took the number of fatal stabbings in the capital last year to 80.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: ‘We will work tirelessly in 2018 and beyond to stamp out this scourge.’