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Appeal after 'brutal assault' leaves man dead

POLICE ARE appealing to the public for information following the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old man in south west London.

Officers were called at approximately 7.15pm last night (Aug 21) to reports of a man stabbed in Gleneldon Mews in Streatham.

Police and London Ambulance Service attended and discovered a man suffering wounds to the neck. The victim, who was found to the rear of a property, was treated but pronounced dead at the scene at 8.20pm. A number of people are known to have been in the vicinity.

The victim, who is of Somali origin, is yet to be formally identified and officers continue to take steps to trace next of kin.

A post-mortem examination will take place at Greenwich mortuary on a date yet to be confirmed.

Detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command are keen to speak with those people and also members of the Somali community who may have information about the incident and the victim.

An incident room has opened under Detective Chief Inspector Charles King, who said: "At this early stage we do not believe this man had any gang links and we retain an open mind regarding the motive for this attack.

"Clearly, he was the victim of a brutal assault and I would urge anyone with any information that may assist my officers to come forward. I can assure you that you will be treated with the utmost discretion."

Anybody with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4054. To speak anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

There has been no arrest at this time.

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