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Paramedic weeps for teen fatally stabbed in the street

Murder inquiry:
A policeman at
the scene of the
killing in Byford
Close, Stratford
PICTURE: PA

A BOY of 15 has been stabbed to death in east London, becoming the 93rd homicide in the capital this year.

The injured teenager was found by police and paramedics who were called to reports of a fight in Stratford on Tuesday evening. He was pronounced dead at the scene in Byford Close.

The Metropolitan Police said a murder inquiry has been launched and a post-mortem examination was due to take place. The boy had not been formally identified yesterday.

A mother, 35, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: ‘I only saw the boy collapse on to the floor. The paramedics arrived straight away.

‘They tried their best for an hour but when they couldn’t save him I saw one of them crying. It was very sad.’

The woman said residents had asked the council for more CCTV cameras after a previous stabbing ‘but they haven’t done anything since then, so I’m guessing they won’t do anything this time’.

A father-of-three, who has lived in the area for 30 years, said: ‘It used to be a peaceful area but now it’s become a terror to live in.’

In a letter to his councillor, he said there had been three murders in 18 months.

The teenager is the fifth murdered in the capital since August 15. This time last year homicides in London were slightly higher at 99, with the final total for 2018 reaching 128.