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Police watchdog to investigate Hackney teenage murder

THE INDEPENDENT Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is set to investigate the fatal stabbing of a teenage boy in Hackney, east London, after it emerged the victim was in contact with officers before he was killed.

The Met is treating the killing as a murder, but have not yet made any arrests.

It is believed that the victim was attacked following an argument with three or four teenagers when leaving a shop on Homerton High Street on Tuesday (Jan 6) evening.

The force confirmed its Directorate of Professional Standards was looking into “police contact with the victim” prior to the stabbing and that it had been referred to the IPCC.

Next of kin are in the process of being informed. A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

DCI Hughes, leading the investigation, said: "It would appear the victim was chased by the group to Ponsford Street, where he was stabbed. The suspects then ran off in an unknown direction.

"A number of witnesses have already come forward and are assisting with the investigation. This is a busy area and, even at this time of night, there would have been people about.”

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