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Police name victim of Battersea stabbing

PICTURED: Lejean Richards

POLICE HAVE named the victim of a fatal stabbing in Battersea as they appeal for those with information to come forward.

Paramedics sought to save Lejean Richards’ life but he died at the scene in south London from his stab wounds on Tuesday. He was 19 years old.

Emergency services were called to Wolsey Court, off Westbridge Road, Battersea just before 8pm February 5.

The Metropolitan Police have arrested two men, one aged 19 and another aged 27, on suspicion of murder.

The two suspects were apprehended after they presented themselves at a hospital in central London.

Another man aged 20 has also been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The Daily Mail reported Richards’ mum, Lavern Joseph, said: “Lejean was a loving son and brother, a young man determined to turn his life around.”

Ch Supt Sally Benatar, of the South West Basic Command Unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Lejean at this sad time. This is another tragic death of a teenager as the result of a knife attack.

“A crime scene remains in place and local officers will be out to provide community reassurance and support the investigation.

“We are determined to work with the community and partner agencies in the borough of Wandsworth to tackle the issue of knife carrying and violence that has led to another young life being lost in tragic circumstances.”

Benatar made a direct appeal to anyone with information that could help the police in their investigation to come forward.

“We continue to work around the clock to find those responsible and bring them to justice. However, we cannot solve this alone, we need the public to help us. I am very thankful for the support of the community during the early stages of the investigation but I urge anyone with any further information about this crime to contact us by calling 101.

“I understand that some people may be reticent to contact the police, so if you aren’t comfortable speaking to us, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name and cannot trace your call,” she said.

Those with information who are reluctant to contact the police can also visit www.fearless.org to share anything they think may be helpful anonymously.

While police are said to be keeping an open mind about the motive of the attack, they have revealed that they understand the stabbing occurred during a fight between a group of people.

DCI Mick Norman, who is leading the investigation, said: “It is believed the victim was attacked during an altercation involving a group of up to six people.”

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