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Murder investigations after London’s 29th fatal stabbing this year

A 23-year-old man died after being stabbed in Greenwich, south east London, while a 36-year-old woman was stabbed in Haringey, north London.

Police have launched two separate murder investigations after London’s 28th and 29th fatal stabbings in 2018 occurred less than 12 hours apart.

A 23-year-old man died on Thursday evening after being stabbed in Plumstead, south east London around 8.30pm, while a 36-year-old woman was pronounced dead at 8.11am on Friday morning in Haringey, north London, after suffering stab injuries.

Both victims are yet to be formally identified.

Officers were called to a south east London hospital after the young male victim, who had been stabbed in the neck, was taken in by a friend.

Despite the extensive efforts of medical staff he died from his injuries later that evening.

The attack took place in the Plumstead area of south-east London, possibly near the railway station, police said.

The family of the man have been informed.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said: “This investigation is in its very early stages and we are still piecing together exactly where and how the victim was attacked.

“Were you in the Plumstead area last night? Did you witness a commotion or altercation, or see anything that seemed unusual, like a person or group of people running in the area? Any fragment of information is useful to our investigation and I would urge you to call police immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 0208 721 4805, or call police on 101 quoting ref 7434/29 March.

At around 7am on Friday morning, police and the ambulance service were called to a report of disturbance at an address in Kirkstall Avenue.

The 36-year-old woman was found suffering from stab injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody at a north London police station.

The victim and the suspect were known to each other, police said.

Enquiries are underway to trace next of kin.

Anyone who believes they have information relating to the incident should contact the Incident Room on 020 8345 3775 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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