Stratford Centre closed ‘until further notice’ after fatal stabbing

Flowers laid outside Stratford Centre. Picture: Ken Mears

Flowers laid outside Stratford Centre. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

A major shopping centre in Newham is shut after a fatal stabbing last night.

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All shops and access to Stratford Centre have been closed “until further notice”, Met Police tweeted earlier this afternoon.

A man believed to be in his early 20s was found injured with stab wounds when officers and ambulance crews received reports of a disturbance outside the building at 9.30pm yesterday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene an hour later.

Detectives think he got into an altercation with a group of young men with a friend before being knifed to death.

Police at the scene of the murder at Stratford Centre. Picture: Ken Mears

Police at the scene of the murder at Stratford Centre. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

His next of kin have been informed and formal identification and a post-mortem will take place in due course.

Police ask anyone with information to call 0208 721 4005 quoting CAD 7391/20 March or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.