Just 14-years-old boy has been knocked off his moped and stabbed to death in the latest murder in London.
The teenager is the youngest person to die in the capital in a street attack for more than a year.
He died after being attacked on Tuesday evening in Leyton, east London. He has been named as Jayden Moody.
Police were initially called to reports of a car accident, but when they arrived found the boy suffering from multiple knife wounds.
It has now been established by detectives the boy was riding a moped that had been involved in a collision with a car.
It is believed that three males got out of the car and then stabbed the victim before returning to the vehicle and driving off.
Paramedics who arrived on the scene battled in vain to save his life, but he was pronounced dead just after 7.10pm.
One man who did not want to be named described how a witness of the incident came into the premises where he works nearby, clearly horrified by what they had seen.
He said the witness told him how the teenager who was on the moped was struck by the car which was travelling in the opposite direction.
“They said they knocked him off the moped and four people got out of the car and they stabbed him seven times – there were unsurvivable wounds in his back,” he said.
He said the witness recalled how the boy was possibly unconscious when he was stabbed, with his helmet thrown up to 10 metres away.
The man added: “He thought it was an accident, that somebody had knocked someone, but then he said they quickly came (out of the car).
“They beat him up, and they stabbed him, and they left.”
Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington conceded he was terrified at the amount of knife crime on British streets, and told the BBC’s Todayprogramme: “Your heart goes out to the parents and the family of that young lad. Nobody should have to live through their children being attacked, let alone murdered in this way.
“We need to do two things. We need to make sure we have the right laws in place to deter and to punish the unauthorised use and carrying of knives.
“The laws have been strengthened under us and under previous governments on this, but critically I think we have to really step up efforts – and these are difficult and complicated – to wean young people away from the temptation of getting sucked into some of these gang networks in the first place.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted his condolences, urging witnesses to come forward.
I’m greatly saddened by news of the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old in Waltham Forest, and my thoughts are with his family and friends.
This magazine would also like to send messages of condolence to his family and friends