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Two held as police name teenager stabbed to death in Camden street

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Alex Smith was stabbed multiple times after being chased by a group of people.

Detectives investigating the murder of a teenager in London have formally named the victim and made two arrests.

Alex Smith, 16, from Brent, north-west London, was stabbed multiple times in Munster Square, Camden, on Monday after being chased by a group of people.

Three young men were heard “screaming and laughing” as they pursued the victim with a machete, according to eyewitnesses.

Mr Smith could be heard shouting “help me, help me, help me” before collapsing near the doorstep of a family home, one unnamed witness said.

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Alex Smith died from a single stab wound to the chest, a post-mortem found (Metropolitan Police/PA)

A post-mortem carried out on Thursday found he died from a single stab wound to the chest.

A 23-year-old man and an 18-year-old man were arrested on Wednesday and remain in custody.

Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson said: “We’re still keeping an open mind concerning the motive of this brutal attack and thank those who have come forward and spoken to us so far.

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“We know there are individuals out there who can assist this investigation and we continue to appeal for those people to make contact with officers.

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Police at the scene in Munster Square where a teenager was stabbed to death (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

The suspects made off in a vehicle that was discovered burnt out nearby, police said.

A man who lives near to where the body was found, who did not want to be named, said the square has recently become a hotspot for drug taking and groups of men regularly gather there.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8358 0400 quoting CAD8433/12Aug.

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