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Fatal stabbing of teen in Downham leaves residents fearful for children
A FATAL stabbing of a teenager in Downham this morning has left residents fearful for their children.
A 16-year-old boy died this morning after he was stabbed in the chest at a party in Launcelot Road.
Police were called to the terraced house – which is opposite school Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy - at around 4am and the boy passed away at 5.11am.
He has been named locally and on Twitter as Nathaniel Brown.
Neighbour Caroline Brown, who lives on Launcelot Road, said: “It is terrifying – it always happens in the six-week holiday.
“We have got the kids about and it isn’t nice for them.
The area is getting worse and worse – you can’t let your kids out because you are frightened for them getting stabbed.”
Jackie May, who lives a few doors down from the incident, describes how she heard police sirens in the early hours of the morning.
She said: “It is horrible. I am a very light sleeper. You hear the occasional row coming from that house – I didn’t hear a thing last night though.
“I heard a police siren at 4am and the police knocked on our door at 6am.
“We have had a lot of break-ins – I thought it was a burglary at first.
“It was probably a domestic thing.”
Three males have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in custody at a South London police station.
Police are calling for witnesses on 020 8721 4868 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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