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Two 16-year-old boys die in separate stabbings a mile apart as cops launch murder probe

Two teenage boys have been stabbed to death just a mile apart in London tonight.

Metropolitan Police raced to two scenes in Greenwich, South East London following reports of a stabbing at 5.10pm.

Officers attended with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.

At each location, they found a 16-year-old male with stab wounds.

One boy was found on Sewell Road, Abbey Wood and the other on Titmuss Avenue in Thamesmead. Both boys were sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

An image from one of the scenes shows a bicycle on the ground within the police cordon. Other images show police officers searching underneath cars for clues.

Police are now trying to establish if the stabbings are linked given the time and distance between the two incidents.

Crime scenes are in place at both locations and an investigation into the deaths of both males is underway.

Their next of kin will be provided with support from specialist officers.

A Section 60 order, which gives officers with additional search powers, is in place until 8am on Sunday.

Ward Councillor Anthony Okereke wrote on Twitter: “Awful news tonight of two fatal stabbings in our borough.

“Too many of our young people are losing their lives to senseless violence. Something needs to change. My heart goes out to all of those affected.”

Anyone with information should call 101, giving the reference 4943/26NOV.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “A murder investigation is under way following two stabbings in Greenwich this evening.

“At around 17:10hrs on Saturday, 26 November police were called to reports of people injured in Sewell Road, Abbey Wood and Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead.

“The locations are approximately one mile apart.

“Officers attended with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.

“At each location, they found a 16-year-old male with stab wounds.

“Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, both males have been pronounced dead this evening.

“Crime scenes are in place at both locations and an investigation into the deaths of both males is under way.

“Their next of kin will be provided with support from specialist officers.

“Given the proximity in time and distance of the incidents, officers will be seeking to establish any link between them urgently.