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Third Camden murder investigation opens as young man dies in stabbing

Young male, believed to be in his 20s, is latest fatality on borough’s streets

13 September, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

THE third murder investigation to open in Camden in less than a week began late last night (Thursday) after a young man was killed in a stabbing.

This time the police tape was erected in Camden High Street, close to Camden Town underground station.

Two males had been found wounded by emergency teams shortly after 11pm. The first victim, said to be in his mid-20s, was later declared dead at the scene.

The second victim, in his mid-20s, was being treated in hospital through the night with friends fearing for his condition. Police say no arrests have been made.

The fatality comes after shoe shop worker Wilson Varela, 24, was shot dead in Kentish Town late on Sunday. A few streets away on the same evening, young mother Shakira Mercedes, 22, died after being stabbed in unconnected incident.

The CNJ’s front page yesterday (Thursday) about the painful regularity with which forensic tents and murder investigations are seen in Camden

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward in all the cases. In the wake of the Camden High Street death, a section 60 order, giving police additional stop and search powers, has been authorised for the entire borough until 2.30pm.

Camden Council leader Georgia Gould tweeted an appeal for the killings to end and is expected to make an appeal for extra police focus on the borough in the coming day amid concerns of escalating violence.

Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli, who leads Camden and Islington police, said: “I would firstly like to say that our thoughts are with the family, friends and wider community following this fatal attack. We are committed to bringing them the justice they deserve.

“I understand that a number of people believed to be known to the victim were present after the attack. I would urge them to come forward and speak to investigators as soon as possible with what they know and saw.

“The local community will no doubt be alarmed and shocked by this latest attack, particularly coming so soon after the fatal incidents earlier this week.

“We are taking action across the borough to keep everyone safe and working with teams across the Met to apprehend those involved. A section 60 order has been authorised for the London Borough of Camden. It will be in place from 11.30pm on Thursday, 12 September until 2.30pm on Friday, 13 September.

“Our local policing teams are working with the Violent Crime Taskforce, Specialist Crime Command and other specialist resources, as well as with our local partners.

“Those near Camden High Street can expect an enhanced policing presence in their area in the coming days. Officers will be on hand to listen to any concerns they have and continue to appeal for those with information to come forward.”





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