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05/02/2019 22:37 GMT | Updated 06/02/2019 17:24 GMT

Battersea Murder: Lejean Richards, 19, Stabbed To Death In South London

Three men have been arrested.

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Lejean Richards, 19, died on Tuesday night.

A teenager who was stabbed to death in Battersea, south London, has been named by police.

Lejean Richards, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene of Tuesday night’s attack at Wolsey Court, off Westbridge Road, Scotland Yard said.

Two men, aged 19 and 27, were arrested after going to hospital, while a third was detained after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar, of the South West Basic Command Unit said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Lejean at this sad time. This is another tragic death of a teenager as the result of a knife attack.

“A crime scene remains in place and local officers will be out to provide community reassurance and support the investigation.

“We are determined to work with the community and partner agencies in the borough of Wandsworth to tackle the issue of knife carrying and violence that has led to another young life being lost in tragic circumstances.

“We continue to work around the clock to find those responsible and bring them to justice. However, we cannot solve this alone, we need the public to help us.”

Benatar said she was “very thankful for the support of the community during the early stages of the investigation”, but urged anyone with further information to come forward. 

“I understand that some people may be reticent to contact the police, so if you aren’t comfortable speaking to us, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name and cannot trace your call,” she added.

“If there are any young people who either have information about this incident or other incidents of violence or knife crime, they can visit www.fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.”

Police said anyone in need of help or information to support someone involved in knife crime can visit www.knifefree.co.uk or www.london.gov.uk/content/london-needs-you-alive.

UPDATE: This article was fully updated on 6 February after police identified Richards.