Eleven Held Over Oxford Street Killing

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4:14am UK, Tuesday December 27, 2011

Police say 11 people are being held in custody in connection with the fatal stabbing of a teenage boy in London’s Oxford Street.

The 18-year-old was attacked at around 1.45pm when the street was packed with thousands of people taking advantage of the Boxing Day sales.

Amateur video footage given to Sky News by a viewer shows hundreds of people apparently watching as police and paramedics try to save the victim’s life.

The footage shows medical staff trying to revive the teenager by pressing down on his chest as he lies on the pavement.

Shouts of “I’m just trying to help him” can be heard as police push back youths to allow paramedics to treat the victim.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Oxford Street

Scene of the stabbing in London’s Oxford Street

Police would not comment on speculation that the row which resulted in the south London teenager’s death was over a pair of trainers. They said the fight had broken out after the youths began “arguing” in the shop.

A second stabbing took place close to the junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street.

Three people were arrested but police were unable to say whether the two incidents were connected.

The first attack happened inside the Foot Locker sports shoes store, sources said.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Mark Dunne, from the Metropolitan Police Homicide Command, said the killing had taken place at the “busiest place in the United Kingdom on the busiest shopping day”.

He said: “A number of weapons have been recovered from that scene, whether I have got the murder weapon I don’t know. There’s an assortment of items but no guns.

Scene Of Second Oxford Street Stabbing

Blood-stained clothes at the scene of the second stabbing

“My officers and many other officers from the West End are looking to get as many witnesses as we possibly can and to get a full account of exactly why this happened.”
Mr Dunne said it seemed that there had been a confrontation between two groups of youngsters and confirmed that “a number of people” had been arrested.

In a statement at the second crime scene, Inspector Bruce Middlemiss said: “A 21-year-old male has been involved who has a single stab wound to the thigh.”

Asked whether the two incidents were linked, Mr Middlemiss said: “There’s nothing firm, however there are similar sorts of circumstances, youths possibly from the same south London area.”

Many shops in the West End closed after the attack, after reporting £15m of sales in the first three hours of the Boxing Day sales.

Oxford Street was expected to open for business by 9am.

Article source: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Oxford-Street-Stabbing-11-Arrested-As-18-Year-Old-Dies-In-Front-Of-Boxing-Day-Shoppers-Foot-Locker/Article/201112416137936?f=rss