Murder investigation launched after man stabbed to death in Holloway

Photograph: Ray Forster

Politicians are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man died of stab wounds in Holloway.

Police have launched a murder investigation after the death of an unnamed man in his 20s on Axminster Road.

The emergency services were called at around 11.39am yesterday but were unable to save the man’s life.

Council leader Kaya Comer-Schwartz said: “I’m very deeply saddened that a man has lost his life in Islington today, following a stabbing.

“The police have launched a murder investigation, and we’re working together to provide help and support to our community.”

She appealed to anyone who can help with the investigation to contact police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, who is leading the investigation, said: “At this early stage we are establishing a timeline of events that led up to and immediately followed this murder. If you have information or dashcam footage, please do get in touch.”

Superintendent Jack May-Robinson of the Met’s Central North Command, responsible for Islington borough, said: “I am saddened to see another young life needlessly lost on the streets of our capital.

“Local people will notice a more visible police presence in the coming days and I urge anyone with concerns to approach officers on patrol.”

Anyone who can help is urged to contact police on 101 or tweet them @MetCC quoting 2840/30AUG.

It is not the first fatal stabbing to have shocked Islington residents this summer.

In June, 15-year-old Leonardo Reid and 23-year-old Klevi Shekaj died after they were stabbed in the chest Elthorne Road in Archway.

Two men aged 26 and 27 have appeared in court charged with murder and the attempted murder of a third man, aged 28, who was also stabbed. They also faced charges of possession of an offensive weapon.