Teenage boy dies after being stabbed in Highbury Fields – with police appealing for witnesses

The teenager was stabbed in Highbury Fields. Photograph: Malc McDonald.

Witnesses have been urged to come forward after a teenage boy was stabbed to death in Highbury Fields.

Police were called to the aid of the teenager, thought to be 15 years old, around 9pm last night.

He was given emergency treatment there but later died in hospital.

Detectives have launched a murder inquiry and are appealing for information.

Islington’s council leader spoke of her shock and urged people to help the police.

Kaya Comer-Schwartz said: “I’m devastated at the stabbing of a young person in Islington. My thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends at this extremely distressing time.”

Council staff are working with the police and supporting the community.

Cllr Comer-Schwartz said: “If you have any information that can help the investigation, please contact police, or you can call the independent Crimestoppers line anonymously.”

The anonymous phoneline is on 0800 555111.

Highbury Fields is the largest open space in Islington and is popular with walkers, runners and cyclists.

Ward councillor Caroline Russell said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of the young person who sadly died last night.”

She said councillors will work with the Town Hall as the police investigate what happened.

Witnesses can also contact the homicide team via 101, quoting the reference number CAD 7948/4Aug, or get in touch with the police via Twitter on @MetCC.