A 20-year-old man was arrested today on suspicion of stabbing a delivery driver to death and seriously wounding two others in north west London.
Leon Street, 48, suffered fatal chest wounds near the home he shared with his fiancée in Neasden Lane North, Neasden, at 9.30pm on Monday, January 11.
Ten minutes earlier, a man in his 40s was injured in nearby Press Road.
Police patrols were stepped up but the attacker struck again at 9.50am on Sunday, stabbing a man in his 30s in the chest at a bus stop in Neasden Lane North.
A suspect detained this morning in Neasden on suspicion of murder and two counts of GBH with intent is being questioned at a north London police station.
None of the victims was robbed and officers are keeping an open mind on the motive. The attacker is not thought to have said anything significant.
A post-mortem examination gave Mr Street’s cause of death as stab injuries to the chest. He was a father and step-grandfather.
Chief Superintendent Louis Smith, the Met’s North West commander, said: “Although there has been an arrest overnight in this investigation, three stabbings, one of which was fatal, have occurred in Neasden Lane North in the past week, so I am urging residents in that area to be extra vigilant if they are out and about in the coming days.
“Due to the Covid regulations, the public should only be going outside if it is absolutely essential. “However, if residents in the Neasden Lane North area do have to go outside I would urge them to be alert and totally aware of their surroundings.
“Residents can also be reassured that patrols in the area have been stepped up and they can expect to see increased police visibility in the area."
Detective Chief Inspector Tom Williams added: “We are making progress and following up a number of lines of enquiry, and our investigation is receiving really useful support from local people in and around Neasden.
“However, there are others who may have information that could help us.
“In particular, I want to hear from anyone who saw a man running or otherwise acting suspiciously in the Neasden Lane North area between 9pm and 10pm last Monday or at around 9.50am on Sunday morning. I also want to hear from anyone who has seen a man hanging around the area in recent weeks.
“Officers are making extensive CCTV enquiries, and I am confident that together with information from local people, we are piecing together what happened.
“If you have information that may assist, please do not delay in making contact with us. Even exceptionally small details could prove extremely significant.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting 6783/11JAN, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.