A 29-YEAR-OLD man has been stabbed to death in a street fight in East London as UK’s knife epidemic rages on.
Police and paramedics attended but were unable to save the man, who was pronouced dead at the scene in Newham at 2.44am.
His next of kin have been informed. Formal identification is yet to take place.
A man has been arrested in connection with the incident on Hanameel Street and remains in custody. Enquiries are ongoing.
It comes just days after three men were stabbed to death in separate attacks in London within hours of each other on Thursday.
A 35-year-old man died after he was attacked inside a house in Hounslow, West London, shortly after 11.30am.
In Walthamstow, North London, a man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene and a second, in his 20s, was taken to hospital with stab wounds.
Just over an hour later, a man in his 30s died after being attacked near Scratchwood Park in Barnet, North London, at about 8.30pm.
The deaths take the number of murder probes launched by the Metropolitan Police this year to 139 - close to the highest annual toll recorded in a decade.
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The force recorded 135 homicides in 2018, while the Home Office recorded 141 in the capital including those in the City of London Police force area.
Anyone with information, images or video that could assist the investigation of the Hanameel Street stabbing is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 880/21Dec.
Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.