The 22-year-old man who was fatally stabbed in Croydon on Friday night (February 5) has been named locally.

Reports surfaced during Saturday that the man, who was found suffering from a stab wound on Wisbeach Road around 8.10pm, was named locally as 22-year-old Lavz.

As the Croydon Guardian reported previously, first responders including paramedics from London Ambulance Service (LAS) and officers from the Metropolitan Police attempted to treat him on arriving at the scene.

Despite their best efforts, he was pronounced dead at at 9.09pm on Friday, prompting a murder investigation.

One resident, who has lived in the area where the fatal stabbing took place for more than 20 years, said she saw police and medical staff attend the scene.

The witness, who declined to be named, told reporters the man was bleeding from a deep cut to his leg and there was “blood everywhere”.

She said: “I heard someone shouting but it’s normal because people drink outside, I came down and saw two police and two ambulance guys on the ground with him.”

She said she saw medical staff make an incision in his torso, adding: “They tried really hard to save him but there was a lot of blood.

“There was blood everywhere, it looked like he was cut in the leg and they tried to stop the bleeding.

“It is terrifying, my son is 19 and I’m worried for him.”

On launching the murder investigation into the 22-year-old's death, the Met Police said they were not treating the other stabbing incidents that happened in South London on Friday as connected.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Thorpe from Specialist Crime said: "We know that a group of males attended the address and an altercation occurred which resulted in the victim receiving a fatal stab injury.

"I would ask any local residents who saw or heard anything shortly after 8pm on Friday evening to contact police; no matter how insignificant you think your information might be, it could help us piece together what happened.

"I am aware that this was one of a number of violent incidents in and around the south London area on Friday evening but there is nothing to connect these incidents together at this time.

"A young man has lost his life in a senseless act of violence, leaving his family devastated. If you can help us find who is responsible for this attack, then I would urge you to get in touch immediately."

Anyone with information that can assist the police investigation is asked to contact 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD7236/5Feb.

You can also leave information anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.