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Acton murder: Police believe they know who victim is as 17-year-old is held


Sunday October 18, 2015

By Jamie Bullen 


Murder inquiry: A 17-year-old boy has died after he was stabbed to death in Acton Rob Brennan


Police are tonight confident they know the identity of a teenager stabbed to death in Acton and issued an appeal for witnesses who heard an argument outside a cafe in the street where he was attacked.

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A murder investigation was launched earlier after police were called to Crown Street in Acton at 11.50am to reports of a stabbing. A 17-year-old was taken to a central London hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say they know the identity of the victim but still await formal identification. His next of kin have been informed.

Another 17-year-old boy was arrested near the scene on suspicion of murder and he remains in custody at a police station in west London.
 
Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Reeves, who is leading the investigation, said: "Crown Street would have been busy at the time of the stabbing and we are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with any information, that was in or around the area to contact us.

"We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard an argument outside a café on Crown Street."


Crown Street Surgery tweeted at 1pm to say there had been a stabbing nearby, which led police to order businesses to close while officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command carried out investigations.

Witnesses say a dozen officers were deployed to Crown Street in response to the stabbing with up to six cars at the scene.

A witness said paramedics worked on the 17-year-old for an hour by the roadside before he was taken to hospital where he later died.

Labour councillor Daniel Crawford said he in the area soon after the attack and described it as a "very upsetting" day for Acton.

He said: "This is a tragic loss of life at such a young age. 

"The most distressing part is that this happened close to two schools when children were leaving for the day. 

"This is not a usual occurrence in Acton."
 



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