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‘Send us your dash cam footage’ say detectives on Camden Town murder probe

'This is one of the busiest and most popular parts of London'

16 September, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

The scene on Friday

DETECTIVES are appealing for dash cam footage which may have captured evidence relating to a fatally stabbing in Camden Town.

A 25-year-old man was stabbed to death in Camden High Street shortly after 11pm on Thursday night. A second man in his mid-20s was also stabbed and remains in hospital in a stable condition.

No arrests have yet been made and police are asking drivers, including taxi and black cabs, to send their dash cam footage in.

It was the third murder investigation to be opened within five days in Camden last week.

Detective Chief Inspector John Hughes, who is leading the investigation, said: “We now understand that this attack took place next to the Camden Town tube station. This is one of the busiest and most popular parts of London.

“Lots of people were coming in and out of the station and many taxi and black cabs were passing through the area at the time.

“I would like to make a direct appeal to them to send in dash cam footage to our investigators. It could prove vital to apprehending those involved. Equally if you were there on Thursday night, we need to hear from you.”

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Police say an number of “active enquiries” are in hand.

On Friday, campaigners renewed calls for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to visit Camden, which he has agreed to.

Local anti-violence campaigners have since set up a petition calling for young people to be “saved” and have asked again for an government high-level Cobra meeting.

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council and Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras and Co-Chair of Camden’s Youth Safety Taskforce, said in a joint statement on Friday: “Over the last few weeks we have experienced an unprecedented increase in violence on our streets – violence which has now resulted in the tragic deaths of three people in less than a week.

“We cannot bring these young people back, or ease the grief of their families, friends and communities. Our community is smaller without them, and we must recognise that whatever has been done to date has not been enough to keep them safe.

“This is a crisis for Camden, London and for our country. We understand the fear and anxiety that our communities will feel today. We feel the same worries. We need extra police on our streets now and in the future. In Camden, this is our first priority and we are today coming together to understand what more we can do with our communities to stop the violence. We also need Government to prioritise resources – we need investment in our police and investment in our young people.”

Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli, who leads Camden and Islington police, urged people who were with the victim on Thursday after the attack to speak to police as soon as possible.

He told the New Journal police has warned that members of the local force had been “utterly down” and that he was surprised that the three Camden murders last week did not make front page news.

A Home Office spokesman has previously said:Violent crime has a devastating impact.  We are giving police the tools they need to keep families, communities and our country safe, including recruiting 20,000 new police officers and making it easier for them to use stop and search powers.

“We are investing over £220 million into early intervention projects, including funding of over £200,000 to the Camden and MPS Engage Youth Diversion Programme, to stop people from committing crime in the first place.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference Cad 8865/12Sep. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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