By Steve Heldon
A 15-year-old boy has died in a stabbing in north London.
Officers were called to Highbury Fields, Islington, just before 9pm on Thursday, the Metropolitan police said.
The boy was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital, where he died a short time later. There have been no arrests and inquiries into the circumstances are continuing, Scotland Yard said.
A cordon surrounding Highbury Fields, which covers the whole park, will be in place for “at least the rest of the day” and possibly for a couple of days, said police at the scene.
Albina, a local resident who wished to be known only by her first name, said her daughter witnessed a gang of about 70 youths approaching the park before the stabbing.
She said that her daughter, a teacher, was walking with her 15-year-old son at about 7.45pm when she saw the group, which she guessed included children as young as 15.
Kimberley Patton-Bragg and Michael Bragg, who were visiting London from New Orleans, said they saw a police presence as a group of between 15 and 20 young people became “heated” at about 7pm.
Patton-Bragg said: “Kids – it was definitely kids – were being rambunctious and it was definitely getting heated.”
The couple were sitting inside their Airbnb accommodation, which faces the park, with the windows open when they saw the situation develop.
Bragg said: “You could feel it building, at some point the groups became larger.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 7948/4Aug.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Source: Healthy Duck.