Man, 20, arrested after delivery driver stabbed to death and two others knifed
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder over the fatal stabbing of a father and two other attacks carried out in less than a week.
Delivery driver Leon Street, 48, was stabbed to death on January 11 in Neasden, north-west London, close to where he lived with his fiancee.
A 47-year-old man was stabbed around 10 minutes earlier, while a third man, who is in his thirties, was also attacked on Sunday.
Detectives have linked the three stabbings but said they are keeping an open mind over the motive as none of the victims appear to have been robbed, and the attacker is not believed to have said anything significant to them.
The 20-year-old, police are calling a suspect, was held in Neasden on suspicion of murder and two counts of grievous bodily harm in the early hours of Tuesday.
Metropolitan Police Commander Louis Smith 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.”
The first victim, who has been discharged from hospital, was attacked on Neasden Lane by a man who ran away from the scene around 10 minutes before Mr Street was stabbed near the junction with Hazelwood Court.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene on Neasden Lane North just after 9.30pm but could not save Mr Street, who was a father and step-grandfather.
A post-mortem examination determined the cause of death as stab injuries to the chest.
The third victim was stabbed in Neasden Lane North near the bus stop at the junction with Press Road shortly before 10am on Sunday.
He was taken to hospital, where his condition is said to be not life-threatening.
Detective Chief Inspector Tom Williams said: “There were people around Neasden Lane North on the evening of Monday January 11 and on Sunday morning who will have seen or heard something of note. I need those people to come forward.
“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 inquiries, 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.”