Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 17-year-old boy after a fight in south London last night.

The boy was found lying in the street with serious head injuries in Flaxman Road, Camberwell, at about 8.50pm on Saturday.

Medics fought to save the teenager in the street but he was pronounced dead at the scene less than an hour later.

Police said they had been called to reports of a fight in progress.

Several locals reported hearing several loud bangs which they thought were gunshots, though police said they were not aware of any guns being involved.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said: “I heard gunshots. I thought they were fireworks at first, then I heard it two more times.

“I heard big bangs – really loud. There was a party going on and we thought it was fireworks from the party.”

She added: “A couple of my friends know the guy who died, he was just unfortunate really. He wasn’t at the party. I think he lives in the area, but I don’t know him personally.

“My friends are pretty upset.”

The boy has not been formally identified but his family have been informed.

Officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating and have yet to make any arrests.

A post mortem is due to take place today at Greenwich Mortuary.

Anyone with information should contact police on 020 8721 4054 or via 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111


August 2015

Story culled from Evening Standard

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