Canning Town stabbing: Boy, 17, knifed to death in ‘targeted attack’ in east London

A 17-year-old boy has been stabbed to death in a “targeted attack” in east London, police have said.

The teenager was stabbed repeatedly and found lying in the street at Goldwing Close, Canning Town, on Wednesday night.  

Police and paramedics fought to save the victim for up to 40 minutes but he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Emergency services were alerted to the stabbing shortly after 8pm.

The boy was attacked on Wednesday evening (PA)

Reports on social media suggest the boy was run over by a car before a gang chased him and stabbed him.

Detectives are examining whether an abandoned vehicle found in Freemasons Road, near Victoria Dock Road in east London, is linked to the attack.

A police cordon has been put in place while an investigation is carried out

The victim is the third teenager to die as a result of knife crime in London so far in 2018 and among 12 people stabbed to death across all ages, according to Scotland Yard.

No-one has been arrested in connection with the killing, police said.

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Acting Detective Inspector Perry Benton said: “At this very early stage we are still piecing together what exactly has happened.

“However we believe the 17-year-old victim has lost his life following a sustained and possibly targeted attack.

“We would urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information, to come forward and speak to police as soon as possible.”

A post mortem will be held in due course. Next of kin have been informed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Crime Command incident room on 0208 345 3775 / police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting ref 8884/14FEB.

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