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Teenage boy chased and stabbed to death in Hackney

A BOY in his "mid-teens" has become the first teenage stabbing victim of the year after he was chased by three youths and fatally wounded in east London last night (Jan 6).

The unnamed victim, who police described as black, is believed to have been involved in some sort of altercation after leaving a shop on Homerton High Street before he was pursued on foot by "three or four male youths."

He was found on nearby Ponsford Street, but pronounced dead a short time later.

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.

"Perhaps they saw or heard something which they thought insignificant at the time, but could be helpful to the investigation. I would urge them to contact the incident room."

There have been no arrests at this stage.

Enquiries continue.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information that may assist the investigation, should call the incident room on 020 8345 3865. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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