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A murder investigation has been launched in Knightsbridge following a stabbing that has ended the life of a young man and injured a second victim

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A murder investigation has been launched in Knightsbridge following a stabbing that has ended the life of a young man and injured a second victim.

A crime scene remains in place after police were called to Brompton Road, SW1 at 12.02am to a report of a stabbing.

Officers, London’s Air Ambulance and the London Ambulance Service attended and found a man unconscious suffering from a stab wound to the back.

The man, aged 26, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.30am.

Next of kin have been notified, although we await formal identification.

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place later on today at Westminster Mortuary.

A second male, who was in the company of the victim, also suffered a knife injury. He was taken to a west London hospital where he remains. His injuries are not life-threatening.

The Homicide Assessment Team attended the location and a homicide investigation was launched led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge.

DCI Partridge, said: “It appears that the victims were going home having just attended a nearby restaurant. They were approached by two males on Basil Street, at the junction with Pavillion Road. It was here that the two male suspects confronted the victims. Although at an early stage, we believe that the victims were approached in order to steal property from them and were attacked during that encounter.

“We retain an open mind concerning the motive for the attack and are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry at a pace.

“I urge anyone who has information concerning this incident to contact my team who are waiting to speak with you. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

Local police have enhanced patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the community.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Incident Room on 020 8358 0300, on 101 or Tweet @MetCC. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.