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A murder inquiry begins as teenage killings in the capital hit 29 in 2021, equalling a record high.

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Police have launched a murder inquiry after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death in a park in south London.

The Met Police said officers were called to Ashburton Park in Croydon shortly after 19:00 GMT on Thursday.

The boy was given first aid before the ambulance service arrived but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is the 29th killing of a teenager in London in 2021 – equalling the peak year for homicides of teenagers in the capital of 2008.

Police said the victim’s family have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place.

A post-mortem examination will be held later.

Met Police Commander Alex Murray said: “I am deeply saddened by every single homicide this year, and greatly concerned by those that have been teenage killings. Each one is a tragedy leaving behind heartbroken families and distressed communities.”

He said the force was not “complacent” about knife crime and was devoting “huge resources” to preventing such incidents.

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