Man stabbed to death in London

A murder investigation has been launched after a man became the sixth person in nine days to be stabbed in London.

The victim is believed to be in his 20s, the Metropolitan Police said.

Officers were called Cranbrook Road in Ilford, east London, at 8.48pm on Tuesday to reports of a stabbing and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene about half an hour later.

Zamirullah Stanikzai, 21, who works in a phone shop close to where the attack took place, said he saw two men brandishing knives.

“I saw people running up and down the station when I went out,” he said.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes tweeted: “Shocked and saddened to hear of fatal stabbing of a young man in Cranbrook Road, near Ilford Station around 8:45 this evening.”

Officers are working to confirm the victim’s identity and inform his next of kin.

No arrests have been made at this stage and a post-mortem and formal identification will take place at a later stage.

Stabbings over the last nine days in the capital have included the murder of Bright Akinleye, 22, who died in the lobby of a luxury hotel after being stabbed in the street in central London last week.

Glendon Spence, 23, also died last week after being stabbed at a youth club in Brixton, south London.

Three people were also stabbed on Oxford Street in central London nine days ago.

There were also knife attacks in Southwark, south London, Wood Green, in north London, and Tower Hamlets in east London over the last nine days.

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