West Kensington stabbing: Four held on suspicion of murder

West Kensington stabbing: Four held on suspicion of murder

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenage boy was stabbed to death in west London.

Seventeen-year-old Ayub Hassan was found with multiple stab wounds to the chest in Lanfrey Place, West Kensington, on Thursday afternoon.

He was taken to hospital but died soon after. His family has been informed.

The Met said four teenagers had been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in custody. Two of them are aged 15, and the other suspects are 17 and 18.

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Ayub was a former student at West London College who said they were “deeply saddened” by his death.

“We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to his family and many friends as they deal with the tragic loss of a loved one,” a spokeswoman for the college said.

Flower tributesFlowers have been laid near where the 17-year-old was found
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Neighbour Rosie Hayes said she noticed “a group of four guys” near her home who “started calling for help” so she and another person went to assist them where they found the victim.

“They were upset and maybe a little bit aggressive too. There was obviously a bit of an argument going on… they didn’t know how to deal with the situation,” she said.

Amina Osman, who said she was a family friend, described the 17-year-old as “very kind and handsome”.

While laying flowers at the scene, she told reporters this was “the fourth attempt on his life.”

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Image captionFlowers have been laid near where the 17-year-old was found

Ch Supt Rob Jones said the killing would have a “devastating effect… not only on the victim’s loved ones, but also on the wider community”.

He added there would be a heightened visible police presence in the area “to prevent any potential further incidents.”

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