A teenager has been stabbed to death outside a McDonald’s in east London.
The Metropolitan police and the London ambulance service were called to Stratford Broadway shortly after 3pm on Thursday.
The male – believed to be in his teens – was pronounced dead at the scene at 3.49pm. The force said his next of kin have not been informed and formal identification is yet to take place.
A second male found with stab wounds was taken to an east London hospital. His injuries are said to not be life-threatening.
The force said no arrests have been made and inquiries were ongoing.
A witness to the incident told PA that the attack happened outside a McDonald’s in Stratford.
“At that moment there were not many people around him so I could see him all covered in blood. He was in pain and tried getting up,” they said. “There were people around gathering. It was scary as you did not know if any of them could have had a knife too.”
A forensic tent was set up in front of an entrance to the Stratford shopping centre, which appeared to have been closed by police.
One stall worker said he had been at a cafe in the centre when he saw police arrive. He said he saw paramedics trying to perform first aid to a “young guy” outside the entrance to the mall.
“I saw police around here and one person was on the floor, I think they stabbed him,” he said. “It was a young guy. He was a black guy on the floor. I think the ambulance guys tried to give him first aid.”
Tuc Meral – who owns the Olive and Lemon bistro on the Broadway – said he was closing his restaurant early on Thursday as it was within a cordon set up by police.
He said officers had told him they expected it to remain in place until midnight.
A section 60 order, giving officers the power to stop and search in the area, has been implemented.