Two teenagers die in unconnected shooting and stabbing in London

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted he was “sickened” after the attacks, which are not thought to be connected.

He appealed to the public to help police with their investigations into the deaths.

At 4:42pm on Friday, police were called to Deeside Road in Wandsworth, south London, following reports of a stabbing.

Officers and paramedics found an 18-year-old victim in a critical condition.

He died at the scene shortly afterwards.

A murder investigation has been launched.

Six men, aged between 16 and 19-years old, have been arrested and remain in custody.

Marina Paget, 22, who lives in the area, told the Press Association: “I walked past at 2.30pm and I didn’t see anything, but when I came back from work at 5.30pm it was all going on.

“I walked past I saw what looked like the body on the floor covered in a bag and there were 50 people around, loads of people, two or three ambulances.”

Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan said the suspected murder was “heartbreaking”.

“My heart goes out to the family of this victim after this absolutely tragic incident,” she tweeted.

“A young man has died in the most tragic of circumstances and our thoughts remain with his family,” Superintendent Richard Smith, from the South West Command Unit, said Saturday.

Fifteen miles away and just 12 minutes later at 4:54pm, officers were called to a car park in Hartville Road in Plumstead, southeast London, to reports of a shooting.

A 19-year-old man was found critically injured. He died at the scene a short while later.

Three male teens and a 17-year-old girl have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police officials said the shooting took place not far from Plumstead Railway Station and anyone who was commuting to or from this station is urged to speak with police.

Neither victim has been formally identified.

“Our overstretched police are working around the clock to keep Londoners safe,” Khan said in a statement late on Friday. “They need our support to end this scourge of violence.”

Police recorded 732 homicides in England and Wales last year, the highest total in a decade, according to official figures released in April.

Meanwhile, the number of offences involving knives or sharp instruments increased by 6% in 2018 compared to the previous 12 months.

The figures came after a spate of knife crimes involving young people sparked a political row over cuts to police funding.

Research given exclusively to Sky News last month revealed knife crime and gang culture has left a quarter of young people feeling unsafe where they live.

:: The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command has urged anyone with any information on the two deaths to contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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