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15-year-old fatally stabbed after birthday party in London

A 15-year-old boy was fatally stabbed in Romford on Saturday night and three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police were called to a Community Centre in Clockhouse Lane, Romford at 9.05pm on Saturday (June 23) following reports of a large fight following a birthday party.

According to the Met, early reports suggested that groups were fighting and the centre was being damaged by youths.

Officers and London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended and were confronted by a large number of youths.

A 15-year-old male was found suffering from stab wounds. He was treated at the scene by paramedics but was pronounced dead a short while later.

A bus driver aged in his fifties was treated for a head injury at the scene. There are no other reports of injuries.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are now investigating alongside officers in East Area.

Detective Sergeant Gurj Singh said: “Response officers who attended the initial calls were confronted with up to 100 youths leaving a birthday party gathering at a Community Centre. There appeared to be fighting and tragically a teenager has been found with fatal injuries.

“I would like to directly appeal to those present to contact police about what they saw and heard to help my team build a clearer picture of what took place. Equally, if you have video footage or images of the violent aftermath to the party, we need to hear from you.”

Response Team Inspector Michael O’Donoghue from East Area said: "Officers have been out in force this evening providing reassurance to those in the community who have no doubt been shocked by this appalling attack on a teenager. We will continue to provide a high visibility presence and officers will be on hand to hear from those from the local community.

“Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends. Lots of young people were in attendance at this party and will be affected by what they saw. I would urge anyone with information about this attack, and more generally about those who routinely carries knives, to urgently pass that information to police or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Any witnesses and those who have information are requested to call the incident room on 0208 345 3775 you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-ano...

You can also tweet police via @MetCC

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