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Murder probe launched after man stabbed to death in Kilburn café

A man has been stabbed to death in front of his customers in a north London café.

The injured man died in hospital shortly after being stabbed Credit: Google Street View

Police have launched a murder investigation after the 48-year-old man was attacked in the café in Kilburn High Road at around 7pm on Monday.

He was pronounced dead in hospital a short while later.

According to local reports, the man was stabbed inside Efes café and was the owner.

John McCooke, manager of the nearby Good Ship, said three of his staff had seen the attack.

A young guy stabbed the owner, a couple of pensioners tried to fight him off and one of them was covered in blood.

But the guy pulled the shutters of the shop down and was in there alone with the victim.

– John McCooke

A police cordon remains in place around Efes cafe and neighbouring restaurant 280 degrees, as forensic investigators examine the scene.

A plate of burger and chips and can of Pepsi remain on a silver table outside the cafe, while a bottle of sauce lay on the floor below.

Something like this, literally three doors down, is a shock.

You hear things on the news but you don't expect it in your neighbourhood.

My father had a shop here for 35 years, and I've been here for coming up for eight years and I've never seen an incident

– Osman Macci, property manager at Cjon Properties

A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is currently in custody.

Next of kin have been told of the man’s death, with formal identification to take place.

A post-mortem will be held in due course.

Anyone with information is asked to call 020 8721 4622, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.