A 15-year-old boy has died in a stabbing in the north London.
Officers were called to Highbury Fields, Islington, just before 8pm. 21 on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police said.
The boy was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital, where he died a short time later. There have been no arrests and the investigation into the circumstances continues, Scotland Yard said.
A cordon around Highbury Fields, which covers the entire park, will be in place “for at least the rest of the day” and possibly for a few days, police at the scene said.
Albina, a local resident who only wanted to be known by her first name, said her daughter saw a gang of about 70 youths approaching the park before the stabbing.
She said her daughter, a teacher, was walking with her 15-year-old son around 7:45 p.m. when she saw the group, which she guessed included children as young as 15.
Kimberley Patton-Bragg and Michael Bragg, who were visiting London from New Orleans, said they saw a police presence when a group of between 15 and 20 young people became “heated” at around 10am.
Patton-Bragg said: “Kids – it was definitely kids – were ranting and it was definitely getting heated.”
The couple sat inside their Airbnb home, which faces the park, with the windows open as they watched the situation unfold.
Bragg said: “You could feel it build up, at some point the groups got bigger.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 7948/4Aug.
Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.