Teenage boy, 16, banged on door screaming ‘help me’ as he was stabbed to death

A 16-YEAR-OLD who was stabbed to death with a foot-long machete in North West London last night was banging on doors crying ‘help me’ as he tried to escape his attackers, witnesses have said.

The teen, who is the 87th homicide victim in the capital this year, was murdered on a housing estate in Camden, close to Regent’s Park.

Plastic sheets covered the ground outside one home where the boy is thought to have fallen after he was fatally knifed with a foot-long machete.

Scared locals have told of a bloody post code turf war raging among rival gangs in Camden – and said the boy’s attackers ran from the scene laughing.

One resident, 50, told the Sun Online: “I saw the body on the door path.

“People said it was two or three boys attacked him.

“He tried to knock the door, saying, ‘Help me’. People were scared, that is why nobody opened.

“His face was covered. I am worried. I have kids. For everyone the knife problem is too much.”

Rosanara Begum, 55, told the Standard: “The boy was running away from them. Then we saw the two boys holding him and the other one stabbing him.

“As soon as I heard ‘Help me, help me’ I was on the phone to the ambulance. He was bleeding a lot.

“The attackers were skinny and just looked like teenagers. They were running off and they were screaming and laughing.”

Her daughter added: “We saw three boys all wearing hoods all covered in black, the middle one had a long black machete type knife. It was really long.”

A 20-year-old student who lives on the estate said he’d seen the murdered teen with pals in a nearby park a week ago.

He said bloody postcode turf wars had been raging among rival gangs in Camden recently.

He said: “I used to see his face. I saw him in a local park. I don’t think he lived on the estate.

“He had a lot of friends here. He would visit here quite often. He was here every day on the estate.

“There are post code wars all the time in Camden.”

A mum-of-six, 63, who has lived in the area for 25 years, said knife crime had got much worse in the last few years.

She said: “I am very scared. I have children. We have lived here 25 years. The last couple of years it has got worse.”

A crime scene remains in place today.

No arrests have been made and police enquiries are ongoing, Scotland Yard said.

A spokesman for the force said: “Police were called at approximately 11.10pm last night to reports of a male stabbed in Munster Square.

“Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and the male – who is 16-years-old – was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote CAD8433/12Aug.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “The senseless death of a 16-year-old boy in Camden last night is another example of how violent crime destroys lives and traumatises communities. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Violent crimes have soared in London since Mr Khan took over as mayor, with 2018 the bloodiest year in almost a decade.

Figures revealed five young people are attacked with a knife every day in London and Mr Khan warned it could take a “decade” to turn back the tide of violent crime.

There have already been 87 violent deaths in London this year.

The Prime Minister said this week he was determined to tackle rising levels of knife crime amid the impression of a growing “culture of insolence” among “thugs” who believed they could act with impunity.

Boris Johnson pledged to extended police stop and search powers and also said the government would be investing £2.5 billion in creating 10,000 new prison places to ensure serious violent and sexual offenders got the sentence they deserved.