Teen found in street dies from wounds

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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.

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