Two young men are stabbed to death in separate incidents in London as the capital prepares for a four-day Jubilee Weekend break
- A man in his mid-20s has been stabbed to death in Neasden in north-west London
- Victim found by officers wounded on the street died on the spot 45 minutes later
- Several police cars and ambulances are also pictured in Woolwich this evening
- Coming after the Met said the Platinum Jubilee was a chance to show London at its best
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Two young men have been stabbed to death in a separate incident in London as the capital prepares for the four-day platinum anniversary holiday.
Police were first called to report a stabbing in Neasden, north-west London, around 6.30pm.
A man believed to be in his mid-20s was found injured on the street and despite the best efforts of ambulance people, he was pronounced dead at the scene about 45 minutes later.
A police roadblock has been erected around Henderson Close, and a number of local roads have been closed to traffic.
The man’s relatives have not been notified and no one has been arrested yet, police said.
A large presence of emergency services and a police cordon are also present at an incident in Woolwich in south-east London tonight.
Several police cars and ambulances have been pictured in the Plumstead Road area.
It comes as the capital prepares for the Queen’s Platinum anniversary this weekend.
Several police cars and ambulances have been pictured in the Plumstead Road area of Woolwich in south-east London tonight
An increased presence of specially trained police officers has been patrolling London up until the holiday.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Director Barbara Gray also said yesterday that the event was a chance to show London at its best.
But instead, it has been marred by two stab wounds within hours of each other.
She said the force has spent months preparing for the holiday, adding: ‘Politicizing the anniversary is an absolute privilege, and that privilege is whether we police here at Buckingham Palace and in the mall, or whether we work across all communities in London.
‘And that’s what people want to see. They’ll be going to see police officers across London all this weekend and I think this is just such a great opportunity to show London at its best and to show the Met at its best.
‘And really seizing so many opportunities to talk to members of the public and do what it’s we do on a daily basis, out there to keep people safe, and that’s what we’re aiming to do this weekend. ‘
Last month, people planning to host Platinum Jubilee street parties were reportedly warned that they could be at risk of possible terrorist attacks.
A police roadblock has been erected around Henderson Close, and a number of local roads have been closed to traffic. In the photo: A stock photo of Henderson Close
In preparation for the major public event, the Metropolitan Police have reportedly sent out a five-page document to those registered as organizers advising on the potential threat of terrorism.
According to the Mirror, the document is called the ‘Counter Terrorism Protective Security Advice for Street Parties’ and warns that assemblies could be potential targets due to the large and diverse crowds expected to attend.
A spokesman for the Met Police insisted there had been no intelligence of any “specific threat” and said they shared advice to ensure the festivities are safe for all involved.
The spokesman said: ‘The Queen’s Platinum Anniversary is a significant event for our country, with London at the center of the celebrations.
‘The Met will play its part by helping to keep those marking and celebrating the event safe – including from terrorism.
“While there is certainly no intelligence of any specific threat to any of the events related to the anniversary, our specialists have worked closely with event organizers and local authorities across London to advise them on the best way to make their events safe. and secure the Internet for everyone.
‘This is something we routinely do for all planned public events of significant scope.
‘This advice has also been offered and extended to local street party organizers to give them practical tips and advice on how to keep their event as safe as possible.’
Met has been contacted for more information.