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Teen arrested as London's latest knife murder victim is named and pictured for the first time


Detectives investigating a murder in Lewisham have made an arrest as they continue to appeal for witnesses. Police were called at 00:58hrs on Friday, 4 August to Kender Street, at the junction with Queen's Road, following reports that a man had been stabbed. Officers attended with colleagues from the London Ambulance Service (LAS). At the scene, a 20-year-old man was found with knife injuries. The injured man was taken by LAS to a south London hospital in a critical condition where, despite the efforts of medics to save him, he sadly died that afternoon. He has been named as Julian Ebanks-Ford. His family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. A murder investigation has been launched led by Detective Chief Inspector Chris Wood of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command. On Saturday, 5 August, officers arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of murder. He remain in police custody. DCI Wood, said: “Although we have now made an arrest, I am continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the area of Kender Street to come forward and speak with us. We need to know what happened in the moments leading up to Julian being stabbed. “Were your there? Did you see or hear anything suspicious? Please get in contact as a matter of urgency.” Detective Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry, leading the Met’s South East Command said: “I know that local people will be shocked by this incident and I would like to reassure the community that, alongside our Specialist Crime colleagues, we are working hard to establish the full facts of this incident and to identify those responsible.

“My officers will be conducting enhanced patrols in the coming days to ensure that anyone with information, or concerns can approach them.

“If you do have information that could assist the investigation, but don’t want to speak directly to police, I urge you to contact Crimestoppers who will not even ask for your name.

“I am saddened to see another young life lost needlessly to knife crime in our city, another family devastated by loss - my thoughts are with the young man’s loved ones.”

Anyone who has information or footage relating to this incident should call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 265/4AUG.

To remain 100% anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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