London police are investigating a string of unrelated stabbing attacks across the city, which led to the deaths of four men. The victims are aged between 17 and 20, with the incidents happening between 11am yesterday and 2.30 this morning in West Ham, Tulse Hill, Enfield and Old Street.
A fifth man is in a critical condition in hospital after also being knifed in the Old Street incident.
Commander Neil Jerome, of the Met's Territorial Policing Command, said: "It is heartbreaking that, at a time when so many of us are contemplating what lies ahead in 2018, four families are dealing with the grief of losing a loved one to senseless violence and the callous use of knives as lethal weapons.
"I can assure Londoners - and the families and friends of the four males killed and the fifth who remains in hospital - that detectives will work tirelessly to bring to justice those responsible for such despicable acts of violence.
"As we begin these investigations and the provision of support to four grieving families, days like this serve to re-enforce the determination of the Metropolitan Police to tackle knife crime and violence on our streets; especially offences committed by and against young people.
"I would urge anyone with information about these attacks, and more generally about anyone who routinely carries a knife, to urgently pass that information to police or Crimestoppers.
"If you've hesitated to do so before, then these four tragic deaths at the start of a new year may persuade you to act now to make London safer for your family and friends in 2018."
Following the incidents, four separate murder investigations are now underway with the Homicide and Major Crime Command. Five people have been arrested for the attack in Enfield, however no charges have yet been made.
Commander Jerome added: "There were thousands of officers on duty across London yesterday and throughout the night, all determined to play their part in keeping the public safe.
"I am grateful to Londoners and visitors to the capital who co-operated with police - both at major celebrations in Westminster and at thousands of organised and private events across London - to enable the vast majority of people to enjoy New Year's Eve.
"However, there were small groups who chose to engage in disorder and violence, and whose actions have had utterly tragic consequences."Featured Image Credit: PA