Man, 23, and 15-year-old killed in double stabbing after fight breaks out at Archway 'street party'

Forensics at the scene on Elthorne Road, N19 on Friday morning after a double stabbing. Credit: ITV News London

A 15-year-old boy and a man, 23, were killed in a double stabbing in Archway after a fight broke out during what locals say was a music video shoot.

Police were called at 11.30pm to Elthorne Road, N19 to reports of a stabbing.

A boy, believed to be aged 15, was found with stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene just after midnight. A man, 23, was taken to a west London hospital with stab injuries where he too was pronounced dead.

Locals said they had been kept awake by a group of 40 youngsters who appeared to be recording a music video before a “commotion” broke out.

A third victim, believed to be 28, was also found at an address in N19 with stab wounds. He remains in hospital but his condition is not thought to be life threatening.

Local MP Jeremy Corbyn said he was "shocked" and "appalled" as he visited the scene on Friday morning.

"We have to deal with the issue of knife crime and violence in our society," he said.

Reports claim a violence broke out during the shooting of a music video. Credit: ITV News London

"We have to have a police force that is ready to help people but we also need that community by-in where people simply say to anyone, 'carrying a knife will not defend you, not protect you, will not make your life better, it will make your life more dangerous and you more vulnerable'."

A large police cordon was in place with forensics teams seen between Levison Way and Turpin Way where neighbours described seeing a party.

One man, who wished not to be named, saw around 40 people listening to loud music as they loitered in the street where they had parked luxury cars, including Mercedes and Audis.

They appeared to be filming on their phones until a fight broke out and he called the police.

A woman, describing a similar scene, said the group were just “hanging around”, adding: “All of a sudden I heard a commotion.

“I heard one of them shout, ‘get up’ – that’s when I realised he was on the floor.

“I watched the police trying to resuscitate him right in front of me."

Police activity in Elthorne Road. Credit: Police activity in Elthorne Road.

Another neighbour added that the group were recording on their phones and playing the same song on repeat.

One local, who claimed he was mugged by two young men at knifepoint outside his home on Wednesday evening, said he “no longer feels safe” there and wants to move his family away as soon as possible.

The Metropolitan Police said they had launched a double murder investigation but that no arrests have been made.

In a statement on Friday, Superintendent Jack May-Robinson, the officer in charge of community policing for the Met’s Central North Command, repeated earlier pleas by the police for people with information to come forward.

"We are working closely with our Specialist Crime colleagues who are conducting fast time enquiries to identify and apprehend those responsible.

"A Section 60 Order granting officers additional stop and search powers has been authorised and additional patrols will be conducted to provide reassurance to the community. Please approach those officers if you have worries, concerns or information.

"I urge anyone with information concerning this incident to get in touch. We are committed to working with our borough partners to tackle street violence, but we can’t do this alone – if you can help this investigation please get in touch.

"We know that some people, particularly youngsters, may be hesitant to come forward with information, but you can share what you know anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers who will not even ask for your name."Police said in a statement earlier on Friday that they believe a large number of people were present when the attack took place and are urging witnesses and those with information to come forward. Officers have informed the next of kin of both victims who are being supported by specially trained officers.

There have been no arrests at this early stage.

Jeremy Corbyn, the local MP, at the scene. Credit: ITV News London

Chief Superintendent Andy Carter said: "My thoughts are with the families of the two victims who have suffered such an unimaginable loss in this shocking and unacceptable incident. "We will support our colleagues as they investigate and members of the public will see an increased policing presence in the area. "I urge anyone who has information that can help us establish exactly what has happened to approach those officers or contact us immediately. A man and boy have lost their lives and we must now work together to identify those responsible and remove them from our streets." Anyone who has information that could help police should call 101 or tweet @MetCC ref CAD 9383/29 Jun. To remain 100% anonymous please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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