Boy, 17, Killed In Islington

11 June 2015, 19:01

Detectives investigating after a teenager was stabbed to death in Islington - reportedly with a machete - think it happened in a children's playground.

It's believed the 17-year-old was attacked by someone on a moped on the evening of Wednesday 10 June 2015.

Police and ambulance crews were called just after 6pm. The victim was taken to a north London hospital but was pronounced dead at 7.45pm.

Police officers said they believed they knew who the victim was but they were awaiting formal identification.

Detectives understand that the victim was in Nightingale Park with friends, when two young people pulled up on a moped.

The pillion passenger on the moped attacked the victim - stabbing him a number of times with a large bladed item - before making off on the vehicle into Nightingale Road.

The victim was then found in Caldy Walk and emergency services were called.

The moped involved was described as having a clear front screen and displayed an L plate.  The pillion passenger was wearing dark clothing and a dark helmet.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jones said: "I very keen to hear from everyone who was in the area of Caldy Walk and Nightingale Park on Wednesday, 10 June, especially anyone who witnessed the attack on the victim or who has information in relation to the moped."

"We are also keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious or who has information that could assist the investigation."

Chief Superintendent Catherine Roper, Islington Borough Commander, said:

“A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a teenager in Islington on Wednesday, 10 June just after 18:00hrs in Caldy Walk.

“My officers are supporting the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

“I would like to assure the local community that we are doing all that we can following this tragic incident. We have extra officers on the street carrying out targeted patrols and have increased the number of high visibility reassurance patrols conducted across the borough to ensure all those within the community feel safe.

“My officers are actively targeting offenders on the borough and we will arrest and bring to justice those intent on breaking the law in Islington.”

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.