Chadwell Heath stabbing: Boy, 16, dies after being knifed on bus and man, 18, arrested over death

An 18-year-old man is in police custody arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and homicide detectives have launched an investigation.

A 16-year-old boy has tragically died after being stabbed on a bus in Chadwell Heath.

Officers were called at 3.55pm on Monday to reports of a stabbing on board a bus on Chadwell Heath High Road, near the junction with Whalebone Lane, Barking and Dagenham.

Emergency services attended and found the teenager with a “stab injury”.

Last night, police said the teen was in a “life-threatening condition” and his next of kin had been informed.

However, tragically in the early hours of this morning he died.

An 18-year-old man was arrested near the scene on suspicion of attempted murder.

Ch Supt Paul Trevers said homicide detectives had launched an investigation.

He said: “A young man stabbed in Chadwell Heath has died of his injuries.

“The victim was only 16-years-old and I can only imagine his family’s anguish at this terrible time, my thoughts are with them, and with all those who have been affected.

The senior officer said there would be extra patrols in the area to reassure residents.

“I know how deeply this will be felt in the local community and there will be extra officers patrolling to reassure you and answer your questions,” he said.

“Please do speak to the officers about your concerns, they are there to listen to you and do all they can to help.

“A person has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and there will be a full investigation by homicide detectives.

“Violent crime is down across London, but that is no solace to those affected by it.

“As a police officer I know that we cannot tackle violent crime alone, it needs everyone to work together.

Whether it is telling police about those who carry weapons or talking to young people about the dangers of knife crime, what we all do can make a difference.

“It is only with police, partners and our communities together, that we can stop this needless loss of life.”

The Met Police said a crime scene is still in place while detectives make enquiries.

The High Road is completely closed between Tenby Road and Ashton Gardens, and drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 4741/14Mar.

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