Posted by Poppy Bradbury on Jan 28
Westminster council says it is 'committed' to tackling gang violence in the borough following the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old boy.
The teenager was found stabbed in Lupus Street, Pimlico, yesterday (Sunday 27) around 7pm. He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries a few hours later.
His next of kin have been informed and a murder inquiry launched.
Councillor Nickie Aiken, Westminster council's leader for community protection, said today: "Once more we have seen the tragic blight that knife culture has inflicted on the capital.
"Our thoughts are with the family of this teenager and we will offer whatever help we can.
"Westminster City Council is committed to keeping the streets safe - including tackling gang culture - and we will work over the coming days and weeks to reassure the community of that."
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe had already arranged to meet councillors in Frampton Street, Maida Vale, today to see how the council's anti-gangs programme Your Choice was reducing gang-related violence in the borough.
A police spokesman said regarding the murder: "Police are retaining an open mind regarding the circumstances of the incident and any motive at this early stage."
An incident room has opened under Detective Chief Inspector Neil Attewell of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.
No arrests have been made.
A post mortem will be scheduled in due course.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information should contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.