Regent’s Park Estate stabbing: Teenager, 16, named locally as Alex Smith
Police believe teen was chased before being stabbed
13 August, 2019 — By Samantha Booth
A TEENAGER stabbed to death in the Regent’s Park Estate has been named locally as Alex Smith.
Alex, 16, and from Islington, died after being attacked in Munster Square on Monday night.
Police say he was chased before being stabbed several times. Two vehicles suspected to have been used in the incident have been found burnt out.
It is the second murder investigation launched in Camden in just over two weeks after a 20-year-old man was stabbed to death in South Hampstead in July.
Homicide detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Healy said: “We believe the victim was chased around the square by a number of suspects prior to being stabbed a number of times.
“The suspects made off in a vehicle which was discovered burnt out nearby. Another vehicle believed to be involved in the incident was also found burnt out some distance away.”
“We have a dedicated team working relentlessly to track down those responsible. We’re reviewing CCTV, knocking on doors and completing other enquiries to build a clear picture of the events last night.
“We’re still in the early stages of our investigation and we are urging to those who have information to do the right thing and speak to us.
“I am sure that others will have seen something last night around the Munster Square area, I am also interested in those who may have dash cam footage in the area at the time.”
Councillor Georgia Gould, leader of Camden Council and Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras, said in a joint statement: “We are devastated that a young life was lost in Camden last night.
“The victim was not a Camden resident but he was a 16-year-old child in our borough and we are working with the police, his home borough and all involved in this case to understand how this happened.
“Camden Community Presence Officers will be visiting the community to speak with residents, community groups and businesses to provide reassurance and support.
“Every time we lose a young life it causes deep pain for families and communities and is felt by all at the council.
“Through our youth safety taskforce we are working every day with schools, youth clubs, families, hospitals, young people and the broader community to stop this violence.”
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to call the incident room on 0208 358 0400 and quote CAD8433/12Aug or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information.
Young people can also contact the charity Fearless via their website: fearless.org.