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London has seen its deadliest year for teenage murders in more than a decade, after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death by a ‘fake Gucci bag’.
Rishmeet Singh was the 28th teenager killed
Rishmeet Singh was the 28th teenager killed on the streets of London this year, just one short of the record of 29 in 2008 for teens killed in the capital in a single year.
Just hours after the young Sikh’s death, Scotland Yard announced the results of a knife offensive in which officers seized nearly 300 blades and arrested nearly 1,000 people in a week-long campaign.
His death on Wednesday came just a week after 14-year-old Jermaine Cools was killed in an unrelated knife attack in Croydon, south London.
Rishmeet, who was from an Afghan Sikh family,
Rishmeet, who was from an Afghan Sikh family, is said to have worked various jobs to support his disabled mother, who lives above a tent near where he was killed.
His mother was seen crying at the scene after learning that his only child had been killed .
The teenager had been seen being chased by several young men before he fell outside his house on Raleigh Road in Southall, west London.
‘I knew him, he was a good guy’
A local merchant told the Evening Standard: ‘I knew him, he was a good guy. All his friends say he was stabbed for this Gucci bag, that it wasn’t even real. It’s terrible.’
The Metropolitan Police has appealed to the public to present any information after the last death.
Detective Chief Inspector James Shirley said: “My thoughts and those of my team are with Rishmeet’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.
Detective Chief Inspector James Shirley
Detective Chief Inspector James Shirley, who is leading the investigation , said: “My thoughts and those of my team are with Rishmeet’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.
“I want to assure them and the wider community that we are working around the clock to bring the person or persons responsible for Rishmeet’s death to justice.
“I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my appeal to anyone who was in the area around Raleigh Road shortly after 9:00 pm. M. From Wednesday and saw this incident for you to contact.