Joint statement on fatal stabbing in Gospel Oak

We are devastated by the news that a young man lost his life in Gospel Oak last night and all our thoughts are with his family and the community.

Parents, brothers and sisters, teachers, youth and community workers, nurses, doctors and police officers – you all are telling us that no one should lose their life on our streets. We have been working on this issue for the last two years, and we continue to listen, learn from and work with our communities to try to end youth violence in Camden and London.

Last night’s events are a tragic reminder of how urgent and powerful this call for change is. There is nothing that can ease the pain of losing a young person to violence, and as a community we come together in sadness but also to consider what more we can be doing to end the loss of young lives.

There are additional resources available in Gospel Oak today to support the community, and there will be additional visible police presence on the streets. Anyone who has information is asked to call the Police on 101, or alternatively if you would like to remain anonymous you can all the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If you are a young person who has information about violence or knife crime, you can report anonymously online at

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council

Keir Starmer QC, MP - Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras