Fulham stabbing: Three teenagers arrested after 17-year-old stabbed to death in West Kensington; Forensics officers worked throughout the night and the crime scene is still in place.
As three teenagers are arrested on suspicion of stabbing a17-year-old to death in West Kensington, police have launched an emotional appeal to the community for help fighting knife crime.
Metropolitan Policearrested three teenagers, aged 15, 17 and 18, all being held in custody on suspicion of murdering a teenage boy just off North End Road inWest Kensington.
Police said the stabbing has had a "devastating effect that this incident will have not only on the victim's loved ones, but also on the wider community".
"As a community we all have a vital role to play in tackling violent crime" they said, adding that more visible patrols will be carried out around theFulhamarea.
Fulham stabbing: A teenager has died after being stabbing close to North End Road, West Kensington
The boy was stabbed just after 2pm on Thursday (March 7) at thecorner of busy North End Roadand side-street Lanfrey Place.
Police, paramedics and and air ambulance services rushed to the scene and the boy was taken to a central London hospital but died shortly after arriving there.
Within hours, forensics teams and detectives from the Met were examining the crime scene for evidence and making enquiries with locals on the busy high street.
North End Road has reopened, but police cordons are still in place in Lanfrey Place.
Police believe they know who the 17-year-old victim is, and have spoken with his next of kin, but are not releasing his name to the public yet.
A post-mortem exam is scheduled and homicide detectives are pushing forward with their murder investigation and dealing with the three teenagers detained.
Pictures from the scene show forensics picking up what appears to be a knife from the floor, near a drain at the crime scene.
Chief Superintendent Rob Jones, Central West Area Commander said: "I understand the devastating effect that this incident will have not only on the victim's loved ones, but also on the wider community. Our thoughts are with the victim's family at this sad time. "A crime scene remains at Lanfrey Place, and our colleagues from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating. "There will be a heightened visible police presence in the area and local officers will also be supported by central specialist units to prevent any potential further incidents.
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"Violent crime is a priority and the police, our partners and the public must continue to work together to deal with knife crime and prevent further young lives being lost.
"We can't combat knife crime alone, as a community we all have a vital role to play in tackling violent crime.
"We need to hear from anyone who has information that could either detect or prevent crime. Your information could save a life." Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC quoting CAD 4136/07MAR.
A forensic tent has remained in place throughout the night
Flowers left in Lanfrey Place
Police recover what appears to be a knife after searching a drain near Lanfrey Place, West Kensington
Lanfrey Place remains closed this morning after the 17-year-old was fatally stabbed