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Barking stabbing: Man, 24, killed in street

The Crows Roads/Harts Lane area of Barking Image copyright Google
Image caption Police were called to the Crows Road/Harts Lane area of Barking

A 24-year-old man has been stabbed to death in east London.

Police were called to Crows Road, Barking, at 23:31 BST on Thursday and found the injured victim.

The Metropolitan Police said: "He was given first aid by officers prior to the arrival of paramedics but sadly was pronounced dead at the scene."

Formal identification is still to take place but the victim's next of kin have been informed. No arrests have been made.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan described the stabbing as "devastating" and said his thoughts are with the victim's friends and family.

"There is no honour in staying silent. To stop stabbings and violent crime, we must work together," he said.

MP for Barking Dame Margaret Hodge offered her "deepest condolences to the young man's family" in a post on Twitter.

This year, the Met Police has recorded more than 60 murders, of which 39 involved knives and 10 involved guns.

Earlier this month, an urgent investigation into the recent surge in violent crime in the capital was launched by members of the London Assembly.

And on Tuesday, Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Helen Ball told the assembly there were signs the increase in violent crime in London was "stabilising".

Murder rates in April and May were "considerably lower" than in February and March, she said at a meeting of the Police and Crime Committee.

The Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said the murder rate in New York is now "well ahead" of London again.

She said there had been "28 murders in 29 days" in New York after a period when killings in London edged ahead of those in the US city.

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