Murder investigation launched as teenager stabbed to death in east London

A police forensic tent in Shoreditch, east London Credit: ITV News London

A 17-year-old youth has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager was stabbed to death in east London.

Police and paramedics were called to Hackney Road in Shoreditch, near the junction with Cremer Street, at about 10.50pm on Saturday.

The victim was found with stab injuries and he died at the scene.

Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway of the Metropolitan Police, who leads policing in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, said: “My thoughts are with the family of the young person who has tragically lost his life.

“I can assure them that we will be relentless in seeking to identify whoever was responsible for this murder.

“Cordons are in place in Hackney Road for forensic examination of the scene and we have launched what will be an extremely thorough investigation, supported by specialists from across the Met.

“Local people will also see additional patrols in Shoreditch. If you have any concerns or information, please speak with those officers. They are there to support you.”

A day after the incident, tributes have been laid at the scene. Credit: ITV News London

Flowers have been left at the scene, one with a message reading: “From David, you were a good soul inside and was so genuine.

"Rest safe. Love. Known you longer than I can remember. Can’t imagine a world without you in it. Rest in peace brother.”

A post-mortem examination and formal identification are yet to take place.

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