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Murder investigation launched after death of teenager

A murder investigation has been launched after the death of a teenager in Hillingdon yesterday.

Police said they were called by the London Ambulance Service at 7:34pm on Thursday, December 30 following reports of an injured male at the Philpot’s Farm Open Space close to Heather Lane in Yiewsley.

Officers found a 16-year-old with a puncture wound, said the Metropolitan Police which added that despite the efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:25pm.

His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.

A formal identification has not yet taken place. A special post-mortem examination will be held on Sunday.

An incident room has been opened and detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are investigating.

Tonight, detectives renewed their appeal for information from the public.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Shirley, who is leading the investigation, said: “Sadly, we have once again seen the tragic loss of a young life, taken away in such a violent act.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends as they struggle to come to terms with what has happened.

“I am urging anyone with information, or who saw the attack, to come forward and speak with us. We need to establish what happened and find the person who is responsible.

“Please do the right thing and call us. If you do not wish to speak with police, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, in charge of policing for Hillingdon, said: “As we end the year, another family is grieving the loss of a child.

“I know that the events of last night will be causing genuine concern amongst the local community and beyond. I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that we will continue to work closely with our colleagues from Specialist Crime until we know what took place and arrests are made.

“Please speak with my officers if you have any information regarding this murder or wish to discuss any other issues that are affecting you.”

Police added there have been no arrests and inquiries continue.

  • Anyone with information that could help police is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4266 or on 101, quoting reference 5666/30DEC.

  • To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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