A murder investigation has been launched after a 14-year-old boy was fatally stabbed in east London this afternoon (Friday, April 23).

Emergency services including an air ambulance rushed to the scene on Barking Road earlier this afternoon, around 4pm, but sadly were unable to save the victim's life.

In a statement describing what happened, the Metropolitan Police said they were called at 3.56pm to reports of an assault on Barking Road, E16.

"Officers attended with medics from the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance.

"They found a 14-year-old male who had been stabbed.

"Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead shortly after 16:30hrs.

"Efforts are under way to inform the victim's next of kin."

The Met added that they had launched a murder investigation and established a crime scene in the area.

"A crime scene is in place and the public can expect to see an increased police presence in the area," a spokesperson said.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to call 101 or tweet @MetCC, providing the reference CAD 5134/23Apr.

To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.