Murder investigation launched in Chadwell Heath after teen stabbed on bus

173 bus route, High Road, Chadwell Heath. (Photo © Google Street View)

A murder investigation has been launched after a teenage boy died from a stab wound in Chadwell Heath on Monday.

The 16-year-old boy was on the 173 bus going down High Road when it was discovered that he had been injured.

Police officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene where the boy was in a critical condition.

He was taken to hospital for treatment, but died from his injury early hours Tuesday morning.

Detective Chief Inspector, Mark Rogers, of the Met's Specialist Crime Department (Homicide), said, “We are investigating the tragic death of a teenage boy. His family and friends will be broken hearted and desperately trying to understand why this terrible incident occurred.

This boy’s family deserve to have their questions answered and I am asking anyone who can assist the investigation to show your support for them, by calling police. Your information could be vital in giving a family the answers they so desperately need.”

An 18-year-old man was arrested in the area on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Chief Superintendent, Paul Trevers, of the East Area Command Unit, said: "A person has been arrested on suspicion of murder and there will be a full investigation by homicide detectives.

As a police officer I know that we cannot tackle violent crime alone, it needs everyone to work together. Whether it is telling police about those who carry weapons, or talking to young people about the dangers of knife crime, what we all do can make a difference. It is only with police, partners and our communities together, that we can stop this needless loss of life.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call the incident room on 0208 345 3715. Please quote CAD 4741/14MAR.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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