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Teenager stabbed to death in Woolwich named locally

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Original article from Kent Live

A 15-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in Woolwich in broad daylight 'wanted to be a lawyer', according to the mother of one of his friends.

The boy, who has been named locally as Tamim Ian, was a pupil at the Harris Academy Greenwich.

He was attacked on Woolwich New Road, near the town centre, shortly before 5.25pm on Monday, prompting a large police response.

Read more: Woolwich stabbing: Boy, 15, arrested on suspicion of murder after teenager killed

It is believed that he was caught up in a fight among a group of teenagers, according to a nearby resident.

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As they waited for emergency services to arrive, members of the public stepped in to try and help Tamim as he lay bloodied and dying, including one person who attempted CPR.

A swathe of Woolwich New Road was closed off while police investigated the fatal stabbing

While some witnesses got their cameras out to film the tragedy, others held up sheets to give some privacy to Tamim once paramedics had arrived to try and save his life.

Despite their best efforts he died on the pavement less than an hour after he was stabbed.

Members of the public held sheets up to shield the boy from public view, as paramedics attended.

The mum of a friend of Tamim, who wishes to remain anonymous, told MyLondon: "My daughter is devastated.

"Justice is needed. There were other people with him but they are too traumatised to speak

"His name is Tamim and he went to Harris Greenwich. He wanted to become a lawyer."

Flowers left near the scene in Woolwich on Tuesday, a day after the stabbing

Harris Academy Greenwich has been approached for comment by MyLondon, but the school has yet to respond.

Shortly after the attack police evacuated a nearby Tesco Extra so armed officers could search it for possible suspects.

A 15-year-old boy treated at a South London hospital for a stab wound was later arrested on suspicion of murder.

Superintendent Petra Lazar, of the Metropolitan Police South East BCU, said: "It is shocking and extremely saddening that a teenage boy has lost his life as the result of knife crime.

A heavy police presence attended in the aftermath of the stabbing

"My thoughts at this time are with the family of the boy who has died.

"This incident will understandably cause worry and concern to local residents and I would like to reassure them my officers are supporting the murder detectives in every way we can.

"Increased patrols will be carried out in the area over the next few days."

Police stop and search powers were temporarily ramped up in the wake of the incident.

Officers are also urging anyone with information to call police via 101 quoting reference Cad 5748/05Jul. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Did you know Tamim? Please get in touch at charlie.jones@reachplc.com, or email a local newsdesk at kentlivenewsdesk@reachplc.com or mylondonnewsdesk@reachplc.com

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