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St John's Wood stabbing: Two arrested as police link killing with Queen's Park knife attack

PUBLISHED: 11:58 26 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:09 26 July 2019

Ainsworth House, where a 20 year-old man was killed in St John's Wood. Picture: Harry Taylor

Ainsworth House, where a 20 year-old man was killed in St John's Wood. Picture: Harry Taylor

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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 20 year-old man was killed overnight in Boundary Road, St John's Wood.

Ainsworth House, where a 20 year-old man was killed in St John's Wood. Picture: Harry Taylor Ainsworth House, where a 20 year-old man was killed in St John's Wood. Picture: Harry Taylor

The men, aged 23 and 20, respectively, were arrested at a property in Shirland Road, north Maida Vale.

Another man was stabbed in the incident, while Scotland Yard said they were also treating a stabbing in Lancefield Street, Queen's Park as connected.

Police were called to Boundary Road at 11.45 last night where they found the 20 year-old, who has yet to be named, and a 22 year-old with stab injuries.

The younger man was pronounced dead in hospital less than an hour later.

The 22 year-old was not critically injured but remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Officers have informed the dead man's next of kin, who are being supported by specialist officers, and a post-mortem examination and formal identification will be arranged in due course.

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At 12.01am this morning, the police were also called to Lancefield Street, where a 20 year old was found with a stab wound to his leg. He has also been taken to hospital where his condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

Enquiries continue to establish the link between the two incidents.

Det Ch Insp. Simon Stancombe from the Met's Specialist Crime team is now leading the investigation.

He said: "My team is working hard to establish the circumstances of this violent incident, and our thoughts and condolences are with the family of the man who died last night.

"The two arrests were made following an armed stop of a blue, Audi A3 in the early hours of this morning in Shirland Road.

"This has already been a fast paced investigation and these efforts will continue throughout the coming hours and days."

Anyone with information about the fatal stabbing in Boundary Road, or the man found injured in Lancefield Street, is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 10016/July25 or the incident room on 0208 358 0200.

To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit fearless.org.

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