A TEENAGER was stabbed to death outside a Waitrose in a gruesome broad daylight attack as the knife crime epidemic continues to grip London.
The young man has become the fifteenth stabbing fatality in just 17 days after he was knifed to death near West Kensington Tube station.
Officers found the man, who was in his late teens, with stab injuries to his chest and he was pronounced dead after he was rushed to a central London hospital.
It comes just hours after Mayor of London Sadiq Khan rolled his eyes and moaned “I’ve done all I can do” when confronted about his failure to tackle knife crime in the capital.
He is the second stabbing victim to die in London after a 37-year-old man, who was attacked in Soho on Sunday, passed away in hospital from his injuries last night.
Just 24 hours before the latest stabbing, 26-year-old David Martinez was dragged out of his home and stabbed six times – including in the back and neck – in Leyton, East London.
Police say the attack is believed to have taken place inside a flat and that David knew his killer.
The attacks are the latest in a fortnight of bloody violence up and down the country which reached crisis point when two 17-year-olds were stabbed to death last weekend.
Girl Scout Jodie Chesney was knifed in the back as she listened to music with pals in an East London park while straight A-Grammar school student Yousef Makki was knifed to death in a posh Cheshire village.
Earlier today Chancellor Philip Hammond insisted that forces were getting more money next month, and they should take officers from low priority areas and re-distribute them instead.
He told LBC: “Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables to look carefully and say, ‘what I need to do is take people away from lower priority teams and put them into fighting knife crime on the streets’.”
The latest stabbing took place outside a supermarket in broad daylight – with horrified witnesses claiming the knifeman dropped a weapon before fleeing.
Forensic officers were tonight seen hunting through drains inside a massive police cordon.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police were called at 2.14pm to West Kensington to reports of a person stabbed.
“A male, aged in his late teens, was found with stab injuries to the chest.
“The injured male was taken to a central London hospital where he sadly died a short time later.
“Emergency services remain on scene. No arrests at this stage. Enquiries continue.
“If you have any information about this incident, call 101 quoting CAD 4136/07MAR or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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The senseless stabbings sparked political backlash with huge pressure on the PM to stem the flow of violence across Britain.
Mounting pressure has been placed on Theresa May to try and solve the problem as MPs continue to argue among themselves in Parliament instead of tackling the epidemic.
The PM has been locked in a row with senior Tories after claiming that funding cuts to the police aren’t responsible for rising crime.
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Home Secretary Sajid Javid has launched a blistering attack on Mrs May – demanding more cash for cops and for the PM to back his call to make it easier for police to use stop and search powers on suspect thugs.
And the embattled PM has been held personally responsible for the record level of stabbings by Met Commissioner Cressida Dick.
Mrs May said she would hold a summit in No 10 in the coming days with MPs, community leaders and victims to explore what can be done to tackle the carnage.