A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 17-year-old boy who was stabbed to death after a birthday party during a street brawl in north-west London.
The boy died in Granville Road, Brent, at around 11.30pm on Friday during a fight that allegedly took place on several nearby roads.
Another man, also aged 17, was taken to hospital, as was a woman in her twenties who suffered a hand injury.
The arrested teenager, an 18-year-old man, was taken into police custody on Saturday as the Metropolitan Police called on revelers who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.
A large area, including at least three roads, was cordoned off on Saturday afternoon, with medical examiners seen working outside an apartment building and a community center, about a five-minute walk from one of the ‘other.
Dozens of police were in the area, advising residents that cordons would be in place for the rest of the weekend.
Rayan Assoui, 43, who lives nearby, said there had been many similar incidents in the area in recent months.
He continued, “This neighborhood is getting worse, it’s not good. For this to happen to a young person is very sad.
Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers said: ‘We believe there was a fight following a birthday party, which was allegedly attended by a number of people.
“I urge anyone who was there, and has not yet spoken with officers, to come forward. It is vital that we establish what happened.
“I would also ask anyone who may have captured any of last night’s events on their phone to contact the officers as well.”
The family of the teenage victim has been notified.
Chief Superintendent Dan Knowles said: “I know the community will be shocked by this incident in which a young man lost his life.
“We will work with our colleagues in specialist crime to ensure that this investigation proceeds as quickly and as fully as possible.
“Local residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area and I encourage anyone with information or concerns to speak to them.”
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