A 17-year-old boy has died after he was fatally stabbed.

The Metropolitan Police were called at 10.53pm on Saturday (February 17) to reports of the incident in Hackney Road near the junction with Cremer Street.

Officers attended alongside London Ambulance Service, and found a 17-year-old with stab injuries.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, the boy died at the scene. His family have been informed and will be supported by specialist officers.

No arrests have been made. A postmortem examination and a formal identification of the body will take place in the coming days.

Hackney Road has been cordoned off by the police for forensic examination. Road closure extends both ways between Queensbridge Road and Shoreditch High Street.

Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway, who leads policing in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, offered his condolences to the boy’s family.

He said: “My thoughts are with the family of the young person who has tragically lost his life. I can assure them that we will be relentless in seeking to identify whoever was responsible for this murder."

He said police have launched an “extremely thorough investigation” supported by specialists from across the Met.

He added: "Local people will also see additional patrols in Shoreditch. If you have any concerns or information, please speak with those officers. They are there to support you."

Witnesses and anyone with information on the incident can call the police on 101 citing reference 7553/17Feb.

Information can be sent anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers.