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Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses following Marylebone murder


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13-Jan-2015 15:43

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Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command and the Church Street Safer Neighbourhoods team will be in the Salisbury Street, NW8 area this evening to appeal for information following the murder of Bilal Mirza.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, leading the investigation for the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "We will be in the Lisson Grove and Marylebone areas tonight to appeal for any further witnesses to come forward and speak with officers. Despite the fact that someone has been charged, it is imperative that we gather as much evidence as possible to establish exactly what took place on the night of Thursday, 8 January.

"I would like to thank those individuals who have already spoken with my team but would also encourage anyone who was near to Salisbury Street, or who has heard anything about what led up to the fatal stabbing of Bilal, to speak with us tonight, or contact the incident room.

"My condolences are with Bilal's family at this tragic time, and our investigation continues to evidence exactly what took place and led to his death."

On Thursday, 8 January police were called at approximately 22:40hrs to Salisbury Street following reports of a stabbing.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and 18-year-old Bilal was found and taken to St Mary's Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 23:24hrs.

A post-mortem examination held on Friday, 9 January gave cause of death as a stab wound to the thigh.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is urged to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

+ A 16-year-old boy [A] was charged with murder after he attended a central London police station on Friday, 9 January. He appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday, 10 January.

He will next appear at the Old Bailey for a PCMH on Tuesday, 31 March.