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18yr old is London's 45th murder victim


London's 45th murder victim this year has been named as 18-year-old Junior Urugbezi-Edwards.

Junior Urugbezi-Edwards who was stabbed to death in London after being chased through the streets.

Junior Urugbezi-Edwards was found with knife wounds in Tiverton Street in Elephant and Castle, south London, at around 9.30pm on Sunday amid a weekend of Bank Holiday violence. 

He was rushed to hospital but died at 10.51pm. A group of his friends laid flowers at the scene. Speaking at the police cordon, a 19-year-old man said: 'It is a big loss. He was a funny guy and he was a good person."

'He was one of those friend's that was always good to have around. When you were low, he would bring you up. 

'He had a lot of friends and he was a much loved person. I have been friends with him for years. He was at college but I think he was taking a gap year before uni.'

The teenager's death was the second to trigger a murder probe in London on Sunday after a 52-year-old man was deliberately struck and killed by a car in Leytonstone. 

There were outbreaks of violence elsewhere over the weekend, with a murder in Bootle and two other serious incidents in Birmingham and Nottingham.  

Elsewhere in the country, a man in his 30s died after an 'altercation' in Bootle, Merseyside at around 1.55am yesterday. 

A 41-year-old man from Bootle was arrested at the scene and is being questioned by police. 

A forensic tent was also seen in Bristol Street, Birmingham, where two men got into a fight involving a knife and suffered injuries to their faces. 

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: 'Police are investigating after two men were injured in Bristol Street, Birmingham shortly before 3.30am yesterday morning.

'We believe a fight has taken place and subsequently two men were taken to hospital, where they remain with significant injuries to their face. We believe a sharp implement was used and investigations are ongoing to determine what happened.' 

Four people were taken to hospital in Nottingham after they were hurt in a disturbance 'involving a knife' outside Pryzm night club in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday.

An 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.  

According to the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime, in 2017, two thirds of knife crime offenders under 25 in London were black or minority ethnic.