A fourteen-year-old boy has died after being stabbed in east London.
Police and paramedics found the injured teenager after they were called to reports of an assault in Newham shortly before 4pm on Friday.
Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, the victim was sadly pronounced dead at the scene about half an hour later.
The Metropolitan Police said officers were still working to locate the boy’s next of kin on Friday evening.
A murder inquiry has been launched but police said there had been no arrests.
A crime scene remains in place and there will be an increased police presence in the area while inquiries continue.
Police said in a statement: “Police were called at 3.56pm on Friday 23 April to reports of an assault in Barking Road, E16.
“Officers attended with medics from the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance.
“They found a 14-year-old male who had been stabbed.
“Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead shortly after 4.30pm.
“Efforts are under way to inform the victim's next of kin.
“A crime scene is in place and the public can expect to see an increased police presence in the area.
“Enquiries are ongoing and there have been no arrests.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting crime reference number CAD 5134/23Apr.
To give information anonymously, contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.