Curated By: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
Last Updated: November 18, 2023, 11:37 IST
London, United Kingdom (UK)
A 17-year-old British Sikh teenager was stabbed to death in west London after two groups clashed on a street in Burket Close, Southall. Police have arrested four men aged 21, 27, 31 and 71 on suspicion of murder.
Neighbours speaking to Evening Standard and the BBC said they witnessed utter mayhem. The murder happened after midnight on Wednesday (local time).
The police rushed to the spot and found a 17-year-old male suffering injuries. Doctors with the emergency services pronounced him dead at the scene. Eyewitnesses and neighbours said the teenager was brutally beaten and then stabbed after two groups clashed in the locality.
“Some guys turned up in a car and they started fighting with people on the street. There was screaming and fighting. Someone shouted ‘they attacked my family’. The fighting was outside a house on Burket Close it was utter mayhem,” a local was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard. He even intervened to stop the fight but failed.
“I saw a boy with a wound in his side and he was being savagely beaten by guys with sticks. I told them to stop but they just continued. Then a car sped off as this was happening…they left him for dead,” he further added.
The resident highlighted that the fight was very violent.
The mother showed up at the scene and screamed with grief and was in a terrible condition, the report said.
“It was so violent I heard someone shouting “get the knife, get the knife”,” another neighbour said.
The fight began near the Grand Union Canal towpath and then spread to Burket Close. Heavy police presence was spotted in the area following the knifing incident.
“I would like to reassure the community that we will carry out a thorough investigation to ensure those responsible are brought to justice,” Detective Superintendent Figo Forouzan, Head of CID in west London said.
“Whilst we have made arrests in this investigation, I would like to seek assistance from the public. I continue to appeal to anyone who has any information about how the events unfolded or anyone who may have captured the incident on their phone, dash cameras or doorbell footage to make contact with the police immediately,” he further added.
Virendra Sharma MP for Ealing and Southall also visited the crime scene and expressed his condolences to those affected by the killing, the report said.