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Murder investigation launched after Kensington stabbing

FATAL STABBING: Catchcart Road was part of an area cornered off by police

POLICE HAVE launched a murder investigation after a man was fatally stabbed in west London on Wednesday.

Officers attend the scene on Cathcart Road at around 10.20pm to find a victim, believed to be a man in his 40s, with multiple stab wounds.

Despite the efforts of medical teams to save the man’s life, he died at the scene shortly after 11pm.

Police said yesterday that a formal identification had not yet taken place but the victim’s next of kin had been informed.

A 24-year-old woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the BBC: "Our whole front room was lighting up and we wondered what it was.

"He was just laid in the middle of the road on his back. He wasn't moving.

"The guy was just laid diagonally across the street."

Another local, Sue Justice, 56, said: "I can't believe this has happened, it's quite a shock.

"I have lived here almost five years, I consider it to be safe - I even sleep with my doors open but this is terrible. You don't expect things like this to happen here."

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the fatal stabbing of a man in Kensington last night and my thoughts are with his friends and family. The police are doing everything in their power to bring those responsible to justice.”

Tweeting in the immediate aftermath of the stabbing, Mika Simmons, an actress who lives in the area, said: “A young black man has just been stabbed to death outside my flat on Cathcart Road, in Chelsea. I’ve been told he was working as a delivery driver and refused to give some other youths some money. Sadiq Khan, Theresa May, when are you going to help these children?”

Simmons was not a witness to the crime and said she was relaying information, which is unconfirmed, that she was told by another resident.

No arrests have been made as of yet.

There have been more than 60 suspected murders in 2018 to date.

The police are urging witness or anyone with any information about the attack to call the incident room on 020 8358 0200 or to anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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