London Police Launch Murder Probe After Man Shot Dead in Cemetery

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Police response vehicle seen near Oxford Circus underground station on November 24, 2017 in London, England. Police are responding to reports of an incident at London's Oxford Circus Tube station and have urged the public to avoid the area. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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The Metropolitan Police has launched a murder investigation after a 22-year-old man was found with fatal gunshot wounds in a North London cemetery.

Armed police officers, a police helicopter, and an ambulance were called to the cemetery in Tottenham, in the London borough of Haringey, at just before 8 am on Monday.

Police found a the victim suffering from gunshot wounds and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been contact, but formal identification has yet to be made.

The incident took place at a working cemetery just minutes from British football team Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane stadium.


Detective Inspector Simon Stancombe of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) said: “At this early stage of the investigation we are keeping an open mind to the motive of this attack. I urge anyone who may have seen anything to contact police as soon as possible.”

There have so far been more than 100 homicides in the capital since the beginning of the year, several of them as a result of gun crime — despite the UK having some of the toughest personal firearms laws in the world.

London is set to overtake 2017’s homicide figures where there were 117 murders opened by the police forces. At the height of the violence in April, the nation’s biggest police force, the Met, was forced to pass on a homicide investigation to the City of London police because it could not cope with the volume of ongoing investigations.

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