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Murder probe after street stabbing

A murder inquiry has been launched after a 33-year-old man was stabbed to death following a night out.

A 31-year-old man also suffered stab wounds to the back in the incident, believed to have taken place after the pair had been drinking together in a pub on Saturday night.

Police were called at 12.53am to reports of the double stabbing at the junction of New Road and Hamilton Road in Brentford, west London.

The fatally wounded man had suffered multiple stab wounds to the abdomen and was pronounced dead at the scene, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Next of kin have been informed but the man has not yet been formally identified. A post-mortem examination will be held on Monday afternoon at Fulham mortuary.

It is believed the two friends, thought to live locally, were involved in a street altercation with two other men, who made off after the incident.

Two men, aged 27 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of murder when they attended separate police stations in west London. They remain in custody.

The 31-year-old stabbing victim was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, where he was treated and discharged.

Detective Inspector John McQuade appealed for information from the public.

He said: "At this stage we must retain an open mind regarding the circumstances of the altercation and any motive. We need to speak to anyone who may have seen the incident or can shed any light on the circumstances."

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