Two arrested after three men stabbed to death in East London

The victims were pronounced dead at the scene

Monday, January 20, 2020

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after three men were stabbed to death in East London last night.

Police responded to reports of a disturbance in Elmstead Road in Ilford at around 7.30pm on Sunday January 19. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

The victims are yet to be identified but the Metropolitan Police said they are believed to be in their 20s or 30s.

The suspects are aged 29 and 39 - the victims and suspects were all known to each other.

An evidence tent has been set up at the scene on Elmstead Road

Chief Superintendent Steve Clayman said: “While enquiries into this tragic incident are at an early stage, this is likely to be a triple homicide investigation.

“I must retain an open mind as to any motive as we are in the early stages of establishing the full circumstances.”

The force said a “thorough investigation” is underway and crime scenes are in place across the area while officers carry out a “full forensic examination”, which could continue into the week.

The investigation began last night and is continuing into this week

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the “horrific” incident served as a “tragic reminder of the evil scourge of knife crime that continues to plague our entire country”.

He called for increased government funding to ensure a “laser-like focus” on catching criminals and to address the “underlying root causes of violence”.

The London Ambulance Service said they had a report of a stabbing outside of Seven Kings station and deployed three ambulances, three medics in response cars, two critical care paramedics, two incident response officers and its hazardous areas response team (HART). We also dispatched London's Air Ambulance.

Post-mortem examinations are yet to be arranged.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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