Scotland Yard has launched a murder investigation after the man died in a stabbing in Ealing, west London. Officers from the force were called just before midnight on Saturday to a man suffering from stab wounds inside a pub in Uxbridge Road.
The man, who police believe to be aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene and his family has been informed. They will be supported by specialist officers, the Met said in a statement.
A Met Police spokesman said a post-mortem examination and formal identification will be arranged. He added there have been no arrests at this early stage.
Anyone with information or any witnesses who are yet to speak with police should call 101 or remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
News of the stabbing was followed by reports of an explosion in the same part of the capital. London Fire Brigade has been approached for details. A spokesman for the Met Police said there was a fire at a business’s premises at about 6am today.
The fatal stabbing in Ealing comes after a 23-year-old man was slashed at a pub in Hornchurch, east London, on Friday night.
Scotland Yard said in a statement the victim was taken to an east London hospital where he was in a serious, but stable condition. His next of kin have been informed.
The Met released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the stabbing.
Detective Sergeant Joe Seals said: “We have been carrying out a number of urgent enquiries to track down the person responsible and we are now in a position to release an image of a man we need to identify. I would encourage anyone who recognises this man, or any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police, to contact us immediately.”
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Just days before that incident a 51-year-old man was found with stab wounds outside a property in Haringey, north London.
The victim was taken to hospital where his condition was judged to be non-life threatening, according to the Met whose officers found the wounded man in Maidstone Road just after midnight last Sunday.
Officers said the suspect is described as a skinny black male aged between 20 and 30 and about 5ft 8ins tall.
Detectives were also seeking the driver of a white coupe style car which was in Maidstone Road at the time of the stabbing.
This week it emerged police forces in England and Wales have recorded the highest number of crimes in 20 years, driven by a sharp rise in offences including fraud, rape and violent attacks.
A total of 6.3 million crimes were recorded in the year to March 2022 – four percent higher than the previous all-time high of 6.1 million in 2019/20.
It is also up 16 percent on 2020/21, when crime levels were affected by COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show knife crime, theft and domestic abuse all increased in the 12 months to March.
Knife crime rose by 10 percent to 49,027 offences in the year to March, compared to 44,642 in the previous 12 months – though this is below the pre-pandemic year of 2019/20, which saw 55,078 offences.
Various types of police-recorded crime are now at their highest level since current records began in 2002/03, including the number of rape offences (70,330 in 2021/22), all sexual offences (194,683), stalking and harassment offences (722,574), and all violence against the person offences (2.1 million).
There were 909,504 domestic abused-related offences recorded in 2021/22, up eight percent on 2020/21 and up 12 percent on the pre-pandemic year of 2019/20.
Some of this increase may reflect improvements seen in reporting over the last few years.
Diana Fawcett, Chief Executive of the charity Victim Support, said: “Record rises in crime levels are always worrying – behind these statistics are real people and being a victim of any crime can have a devastating and long lasting impact.
“Regardless of the reason for the increase, this huge rise in recorded crime coincides with victims across the country facing agonisingly long waits for trial.
“With the highest number of cases for 20 years coming into the criminal justice system, we need urgent action to address the backlog of cases, to ensure that those who’ve had the courage to report a crime get the justice they deserve.”