Teen found in street dies from wounds
A MURDER investigation has been launched after an 18-year-old was stabbed to death in Hayes.
The teenager was discovered collapsed in the street in Gledwood Gardens, Hayes, where police were called on Monday August 15 shortly before 4pm, to reports of a stabbing.
He was treated by paramedics at the scene, near the junction with Gledwood Drive, but was pronounced dead at 4.37pm.
An 18-year-old man was arrested nearby on suspicion of murder. He remained in custody at a west London police station on Tuesday morning as we went to press.
Police said the suspect and victim were known to one another, and officers believe the attack initially took place at an address in Gledwood Gardens.
A witness, who saw the teenager lying in the street went to help.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “The boy (who had been stabbed) had his shirt off and he was covered in blood.”
She said the street had been completely empty at the time but her screams brought residents out of their houses.
“By then, people had heard my screams and thought something happened to me and they came out. A woman was standing over the boy and other people had come to help,” she said.
“I was also thinking as a mother. I did what I did as a motherly instinct as well, if the boy had run towards me I would have let him in my house, but I don’t know if that would have been the right thing or not.”
She added: “You would do anything to protect someone when they’re in trouble.”
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would ask anyone who has information that could assist this investigation to contact the incident room.
“We are especially keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Gledwood Gardens shortly before 4pm and witnessed the assault to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8785 8099.
To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The stabbing comes in the week a ban on the sale of so-called ‘zombie’ knives is due to take effect.