Tributes to ‘hard-working’ man, 23, knifed ‘inside’ Elephant and Castle restaurant

Tribute has been paid to a 23-year-old man who was stabbed to death at a restaurant in Elephant & Castle this evening (14 December).

The victim, who at this stage has not been formally identified but was named as Ian at the scene, was attacked on Hampton Street at about 7.45pm this evening.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, but despite their best efforts, the victim was pronounced dead on December 14.

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A police cordon remains in place while forensics investigate

A friend of the victim told MyLondon that the victim had been “given the restaurant” by his parents.

He said: “We just got called an hour ago. I just saw a video on Snapchat.

“He was like a brother and my right hand man.

“Not long ago he lost his friend the same way. His friend was 18.

“For him to lose his life is mental. His parents gave him the restaurant to help him keep on track.

“He went to jail and came out and they wanted him to focus on good s*** but it’s hard to get out once you’re in.”

Another friend of the victim, who asked to remain anonymous, told MyLondon: “I knew him for many years since he was a little boy.

“It’s sad because we are affected as a community. It’s sad because he was a young guy, a hard worker.”

A police cordon remains at the scene while forensic officers investigate. Police were seen “putting witnesses in cars”, while local residents were “standing across the street looking shocked.”

One small girl was seen “in tears” as she and her family walked past the scene.

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A Met Police spokesperson said: “At 19:46hrs on Tuesday, 14 December police were called to reports of a stabbing in Hampton Street, SE1.

“Officers attended with medics from the London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance.

“Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, a 23-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“His next of kin have been informed and an investigation is underway.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information about what took place, should call 101 giving the reference 6908/14DEC.

“Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

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