A teenager has become Britain’s fifth knife murder victim in just one week after being stabbed near a tube station in West London.
The man in his late teens was found with stab wounds to his chest on Lanfrey Place, West Kensington, shortly after 2pm on Thursday.
Emergency services including London’s Air Ambulance arrived at the scene and took the boy to hospital but he died a short time later.
It comes after a 37-year-old man who was stabbed in Soho early on Sunday morning was pronounced dead last night.
Police at the scene in West Kensington, London after a teenager has died after being stabbed close to the tube station
An aerial view of the area in West Kensington where the teenager was stabbed this afternoon
The scene in West Kensington this afternoon (left and right) after reports that a teenager had been stabbed
No arrests have been made and a crime scene is now in place.
Scotland Yard said: ‘Police investigating a fatal stabbing in Fulham are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.
‘Police were called at 2.14pm on Thursday, 7 March to Lanfrey Place, West Kensington, W14, to reports of a person stabbed.
‘Officers, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene.
‘A male, aged in his late teens, was found with stab injuries to the chest.
‘The injured male was taken to a central London hospital where he sadly died a short time later. Next of kin have been informed.
‘A crime scene is in place. Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command have been informed.
‘At this early stage there have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.’
Forensics officers were seen outside the Coach and Horses pub in the Soho area of London
The police officers looked for clues after arriving at the scene at around 6am on Sunday morning
This is while on Sunday police were called to Romily Street in Soho just after 6am and found a 37-year-old man, who had suffered stab injuries. He was taken to hospital with critical injuries and he was pronounced dead after 7pm on Wednesday, 6 March.
The recent attack in Kensington and the death of the 37-year-old come as the capital has seen a spate of knife crime in recent weeks.
Jodie Chesney, 17, was stabbed to death in a seemingly motiveless attack in Harold Hill in London on Friday.
Sadiq Khan said he was ‘filled with anger’ and ‘devastated’ by the killing of the teenager.
In a tweet, the Mayor of London said: ‘Devastated by the fatal stabbing of a 17 year-old girl in Havering.
A woman in her 40s remains in custody as police look for witnesses to the incident
Clothes can be seen cast aside at the scene of the incident on Sunday morning
‘My thoughts are with her loved ones. It fills me with anger that violent criminals are targeting young Londoners with their whole lives before them. I encourage anyone with information to contact the police.’
On Saturday, Yousef Makki died after a knife attack in the village of Hale Barns whilst visiting friends.
This is while on Wednesday David Martinez was stabbed to death after he was chased in Leyton, east London.
The body of French woman Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, was discovered in a shallow grave near her home in west London late on Wednesday night.
Jodie Chesney (left) was stabbed in London on Friday while Yousef Makki (right) died after a knife attack in Hale Barns
Laureline Garcia-Bertaux (left) was found in a shallow grave while David Martinez (right) was stabbed to death after he was chased in Leyton
A total of 23 murder probes have now been launched in London this year, including 12 in the last 17 days.
Following the stabbing of the 37-year-old on Sunday, police said a post mortem examination is due to be held in due course.
A murder investigation has now commenced which is being led by Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin.
A 34-year-old man was charged on Monday, 4 March with two counts of attempted murder, in relation to this incident along with another stabbing on the same day, of a teenager which occurred in University Street, WC1.
The charge for attempted murder willl be subject to a review by the CPS.
Evidence was gathered by police after the man was badly wounded in the early hours of Sunday morning
A 41-year-old woman who was arrested remains released under investigation.
Later the same morning police were called to a stabbing on University Street in Camden, where a 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital with ‘life-threatening’ injuries.
On Tuesday Che Morrison was knifed after a fight broke out just before 8.50pm. Witnesses said he was ‘slashed in the face’ during the attack.
Nineteen-year-old Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck was also fatally stabbed by a gang riding bikes in Wood Green, north London, last week.
He was chased into a hair salon by men armed with a firearm, knives and a samurai sword on February 22 and slaughtered in front of children.
A day earlier, a 23-year-old man – Glendon Spence – was stabbed to death in Brixton, south London, at a youth club which had children as young as seven inside.
Due to the spate of violence, Met officers are out in force carrying out a series of stop and searches around the capital today.