Detectives have named the victim of a fatal stabbing in Battersea as they continue to appeal for witnesses to come forward.
Police were called to Wolsey Court, off Westbridge Road, Battersea, at 19:52hrs on Tuesday, 5 February to reports of a stabbing.
A man, aged 19, was found with stab injuries. Despite the efforts of paramedics, he died at the scene at 20:36hrs
Although formal ID has not taken place, the victim’s family are content for the deceased to be named as Lejean Richards, aged 19 of Battersea.
A post-mortem examination is due to be held later today (Wednesday, 6 February)
Three men, aged 19 and 27 , were arrested on Wednesday, 6 February after presenting themselves at a central London hospital.
Both men have now been taken to separate central London police stations for questioning.
Another man aged 20 is also in custody after he was arrested on suspicion of murder.
A crime scene remains in place in Westbridge Road and police are appealing for information and witnesses including anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.
Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar, of the South West Basic Command Unit said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Lejean at this sad time. This is another tragic death of a teenager as the result of a knife attack.
“A crime scene remains in place and local officers will be out to provide community reassurance and support the investigation.
“We are determined to work with the community and partner agencies in the borough of Wandsworth to tackle the issue of knife carrying and violence that has led to another young life being lost in tragic circumstances.
“We continue to work around the clock to find those responsible and bring them to justice. However, we cannot solve this alone, we need the public to help us. I am very thankful for the support of the community during the early stages of the investigation but I urge anyone with any further information about this crime to contact us by calling 101.
“I understand that some people may be reticent to contact the police, so if you aren’t comfortable speaking to us, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name and cannot trace your call.
“If there are any young people who either have information about this incident or other incidents of violence or knife crime, they can visit www.fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity and is also independent of the police.
“If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is involved in knife crime, or you want to assistance yourself, then you can visit www.knifefree.co.uk or www.london.gov.uk/content/london-needs-you-alive.
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman, leading the investigation, said: “At this early stage in the investigation, we are keeping an open mind about the motive of the attack. The stabbing took place close to a bus stop on Westbridge Road, opposite Wolsey Court, and it is believed the victim was attacked during an altercation involving a group of up to six people.
“Anyone who was in the area of the bus stop between 7.30pm to 8pm who witnessed anything suspicious is urged to call police on 101 quoting CAD 6767/5Feb or tweet @MetCC.”
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