A teenage girl has been stabbed to death in a park in east London, police have said.
The victim, believed to be aged 17, was attacked and stabbed in a park in Harold Hill on Friday night.
Police and paramedics raced to the scene after they were called to reports of a stabbing in a park close to St Neot’s Road shortly before 9.30pm.
The girl was found suffering from a stab injury.
Medics fought to save her but she was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.30pm. A white forensics tent was set up in the park by police just yards from a children’s playground.
© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited A police car parked near to the scene of a fatal stabbing in Harold Hill (Liam Coleman)
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Devastated by the fatal stabbing of a 17 year-old girl in Havering.
“My thoughts are with her loved ones. It fills me with anger that violent criminals are targeting young Londoners with their whole lives before them. I encourage anyone with information to contact the police.”
A Met Police spokesman: “Next of kin have been informed but officers await formal identification. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.
© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Police at the scene in Harold Hill
“An investigation has been launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).
“At this early stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.”
Anyone with information should call the HMCC Incident Room on 020 8345 3775, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.