The Daily Telegraph

Boy, 17, dies after machete brawl

- By Berny Torre and Daniel Capurro

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy was killed and an 18-year-old left fighting for his life after a mass brawl in east London involving several people “armed with machetes”.

Police said that around 100 people were believed to have been caught up in the incident, but it is unclear how many were armed or took part in the fight.

The brawl is thought to have started after a large number of gang members tried to attend a privte party at a local church to which they were not invited.

Local residents described the use of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, and said that people at the party fled when the fighting began at the New Testament Church of God in Mile End.

A Section 60 notice was put in place which allowed police to search any person or vehicle within the area, where houses sell for more than £1million according to Rightmove. The notice remained in force until 7am yesterday.

Meanwhile, police forensic teams were searching nearby gardens and sewers, looking for weapons.

Inspector Annelie Bartlett said police called to the incident were met with scenes involving “over 100 persons fighting armed with machetes”.

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