POLICE have arrested a teen for murder after a boy was stabbed to death in West London as the capital’s teenage bloodbath continues.
The tragic victim, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene on December 30 after he was found with a puncture wound in Yiewsley, Hillingdon.
Forensic teams swooping the area where the 16-year-old was foundCredit: LNP
Police have now confirmed they have arrested a boy, 16, on suspicion of murder after the victim was found in Philpotts Farm Open Space.
Cops today attended an address in Hillingdon, where they arrested the 16-year-old.
He remains in police custody.
Formal identification of the tragic teen victim has not yet taken place.
Police were called to the scene in Hillingdon just after 7.30pm on Thursday, and despite the best efforts of emergency services the 16-year-old was pronounced dead.
He suffered stab wounds and died at 8.25pm, the force confirmed.
Detective Chief Inspector James Shirley, who is leading the investigation, said tonight: “While this arrest is a significant development in our investigation, we continue to fully explore all available lines of enquiry.
“Our thoughts remain with the family of a young man who has lost his life to senseless violence.
“We are committed to doing all we can to secure justice for them by finding the person or people responsible.
“I would urge anyone who has information and who has not yet spoken to the police to come forward. What you know could be the thing that makes the difference in this case.”
This follows a year of devastation for families who have lost their sons in lawless London.
Tragically, 30 teenagers have been killed in the capital during a deadly 12 months for boys in 2021.
The youngest to die was 14-year-old Jermaine Cools, who had been walking with a relative when he suffered stab wounds on November 18.
Figures show violence fell by more than a quarter during lockdown in London. However, the number of murders has increased.
Just less than an hour before the death of the 16-year-old in Hillingdon, another teen boy, 15, was stabbed to death in Croydon.
Police have now confirmed a 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.
Cops have now arrested a boy, also 16, on suspicion of murderCredit: LNP
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