A NEW murder investigation is underway following a stabbing in Poplar.
Police were called shortly after 6pm today, Friday July 10, to reports of two males injured at Alexia Square close to Crossharbour DLR station.
It was initially taken on by the Met Police before being taken over by British Transport Police due to the altercation happening within the station.
A Met Police spokesman said: "Officers attended and found a man, believed aged in his late teens or early 20s, suffering stab injuries.
"Emergency services provided first aid but despite their efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A second male, believed aged in his late teens, was taken by the London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital.
A BTP spokesman said: "The deceased’s family has been informed and is currently being supported by specially trained family liaison officers."
The station remained closed this evening while specialist officers conduct enquiries. No arrests had been made tonight.
Detective Superintendent Gareth Williams from British Transport Police said: “This was a shocking act of violence in broad daylight, which has seen a man tragically lose his life and another in hospital with serious injuries.
CHOPPER: An air ambulance making its way to the scene (Twitter/@CrimeLdn)
“While we are at the early stages of our investigation, we believe a group of young men were involved in an altercation at the station, before two of the men received stab wounds.
“We are doing all we can to find those responsible, and I would urge any witnesses, or anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious to contact us as soon as possible.
“This level of violence is highly unusual on the rail network, but we will be increasing our uniformed patrols in the Crossharbour area in the coming days, to help reassure the travelling public. "
An air ambulance was also filmed arriving at the scene.
One onlooker told @CrimeLdn: "Just came out and bare police at Crossharbour station.
"Police doing CPR and everything. Someone got stabbed bro, poor boy looks like he died."
Anyone with information should text BTP on 61016 or call on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 424 of 10/07/20.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Essex News and Investigations Opinion
These knife and sometimes gun murders are happening at such an alarming rate these days in London and other towns and cities across the country, that they are not always registering anymore.
People turn the page or click on the next story without reading.
Newspapers and websites don't cover them as intensely as they used to and each murder blurs into the next one.
These killings, often due to drugs turf issues or tit for tat between gangs on social media, need to be quelled somehow.
The ages of the victims and perpetrators are often just in their teens from 15 or younger to early 20s.
It is a sad state of affairs that people are starting to see daily killings on the streets in this country as part of normal everyday life.