Teenager killed in Stratford double stabbing
PUBLISHED: 16:42 10 October 2019 | UPDATED: 18:26 10 October 2019
A teenager has been stabbed to death in Stratford this afternoon.
The boy, whose age has not been revealed, was fatally stabbed in the Broadway at around 3.20pm today (Thursday, October 10).
A second boy, who also suffered stab wounds, has been taken to a major trauma centre.
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We treated two teenage boys at the scene.
"Sadly, despite the efforts of medics, a teenager died at the scene."
A crime scene is in place, and a section 60 stop and search order has also been put in place across the borough until 7am tomorrow (Friday, October 11).
The Stratford Centre has also been closed, with the shopping centre set to remain shut until further notice.
Some businesses in the Broadway are also closed due to the police cordon.
A witness said the attack happened outside the Stratford Centre branch of McDonalds, saying: "At that moment there were not many people around him so I could see him all covered in blood. He was in pain and tried getting up.
"There were people around gathering. It was scary as you did not know if any of them could have had a knife too."
One stall worker said he had been at a cafe in the centre when he saw police arrive.
He said he saw paramedics trying to perform first aid to a "young guy" outside the entrance to the Stratford Centre.
He added: "I saw police around here and one person was on the floor, I think they stabbed him.
"It was a young guy. He was a black guy on the floor. I think the ambulance guys tried to give him first aid."
Tuc Meral - who owns the Olive and Lemon bistro on Broadway - said he was closing his restaurant early on Thursday as they were within the police cordon.
He said officers had told him they expected the cordon to remain in place until midnight following the fatal stabbing.
Asked about police presence in the area, Mr Meral said: "I always request extra police officers behind here, because there's some anti-social behaviour."
He said he did not witness the stabbing, adding: "I didn't hear anything until around 5ish when I saw it all happening on the news."
TfL has confirmed that seven bus routes - 69,104,238,241,262,276 and 473 - are being diverted.
The Broadway has been closed from The Grove to Great Eastern Road, with traffic approaching on West Ham Lane being turned around at Victoria Street.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 4644/10Oct or Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111