Murder inquiry after stabbing death
A murder inquiry has been launched after a teenager was stabbed to death outside a convenience store.
Police were called to reports of a stabbing in Pilgrimage Street in the Borough area of south London shortly before 2.30pm, Scotland Yard said.
Officers, London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance attended but the 18-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Simon Hughes, justice minister and Liberal Democrat MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, appealed for calm following the incident.
He said: "This afternoon's fatal stabbing in Borough is an awful tragedy.
"Another young life has sadly been taken on the streets of London. The victim's family and friends have the deepest sympathy of all in the community. I call on anyone who has any information to share it as soon as possible with the police on 101 or on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
"Any attack like this has no justification in our borough or city and I call on everyone, particularly young people in Southwark or elsewhere who knew the victim, to restrain themselves from any further action which might make matters even worse."
A witness, who did not want to be named, said the teenager was with a friend and his aunt when he was attacked.
His sister arrived later and was described as "distraught".
"Emergency services did the best they could but there was nothing they could do," she said.
The road was cordoned off as forensic teams began investigations outside the Quality Food store.
Scotland Yard said a post-mortem will be held at Greenwich Mortuary today.
There have been no arrests made, a Met spokesman added.