Paddington stabbing

A teenager has been charged with the stabbing of a 17-year-old boy in Paddington.

The suspect, aged 16, was arrested on Wednesday and will appear at a court in Highbury on Thursday.

Two other teenage boys were also arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident which occurred on Monday in St Mary’s Churchyard.

One remains in custody while the other was released on bail.

Police have identified the victim as Khaled Saleh. His next of kin are receiving support from specially trained officers.

Officers and paramedics rushed to the scene next to City of Westminster college on Monday afternoon, where the teenager was pronounced dead at 2.15pm.

Several students and staff were said to have witnessed the incident. A statement from the college on Tuesday thanked members who tried to help Mr Saleh.

It said: “We are shocked and saddened that a young man has lost his life. While the victim was not a student at the college, he was a young man with his future ahead of him and that future has now been taken away.

“While the incident did not take place on the college estate, St Mary’s Churchyard is near to our Paddington Green Campus and is frequented by staff and students throughout the day, many of whom were witnesses to the incident.

“The Metropolitan Police have already commended the staff and students who helped the victim yesterday and we wanted to add our gratitude to them for their efforts in truly difficult circumstances. 

“We will be providing counselling to all staff and students who were affected by this incident and our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim.”

A post mortem examination was due to take place on Wednesday, and enquiries into the stabbing are still ongoing.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call 0208 785 8244 or tweet @MetCC, or contact Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.

Image: Met Police.

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