Teenager dies after stabbing in Marylebone

Bilal Mirza Image copyright Metropolitan Police
Image caption Police said several youths were seen running away after Bilal Mirza was stabbed

A teenager has been fatally stabbed in central London.

The 18-year-old, who police have identified as Bilal Mirza, was attacked in Salisbury Street, Marylebone, at 22:30 GMT on Thursday.

He was taken to a central London hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination gave a stab wound to the thigh as the cause of death. Police said a 16-year-old boy had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Image caption The 18-year-old was attacked in Salisbury Street, Marylebone

Police said formal identification had not taken place but detectives were satisfied the victim was Bilal Mirza from North Kensington.

Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh said: "Whilst we have had good support from local community affected by this violent crime, and a number of witnesses come forward, I continue my appeals for more people, especially young people, to come forward."

"I know that there were several youths in the area at the time of the stabbing and I am appealing directly to them to come forward and speak with officers.

"I would also like to speak with anyone who saw this group running south towards Edgware Road."

Scotland Yard said the teenager was the eighth person to die in London as a result of violent crime in the first week of 2015.

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