Murder investigation launched after man, 35, is stabbed to death in north east London

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed to death in north east London last night. 

Police were sent to Walthamstow at around 11pm after 35-year-old Tomas Macionis, who was originally from Lithuania, was stabbed in the chest.

Despite the desperate attempts of paramedics he died a short time later.

A man, aged in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody. 

Police were sent to Walthamstow at around 11pm after 35-year-old Tomas Macionis (pictured), who was originally from Lithuania, was stabbed in the chest

Police were sent to Walthamstow at around 11pm after 35-year-old Tomas Macionis (pictured), who was originally from Lithuania, was stabbed in the chest

Police were sent to Walthamstow at around 11pm after 35-year-old Tomas Macionis (pictured), who was originally from Lithuania, was stabbed in the chest

A man, aged in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of murder following the stabbing on Alexandra Road in Walthamstow. He is currently in police custody

A man, aged in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of murder following the stabbing on Alexandra Road in Walthamstow. He is currently in police custody

A man, aged in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of murder following the stabbing on Alexandra Road in Walthamstow. He is currently in police custody

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘A post-mortem examination held today at Queens Road Mortuary, gave cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

‘The investigation is being led by detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.’ 

It comes as six people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man and woman were stabbed to death inside a home in south London.  

Police and paramedics were called to Dorset Road in Stockwell at around 4pm today after concerns were raised for the welfare of a man. 

A man, 44, and a woman, 56, were found inside the address with ‘multiple stab injuries’ and later died at the scene despite the ‘best efforts’ of emergency responders.  

Six people were arrested on suspicion of murder and tonight remain in custody.

The ‘extremely shocking incident’ comes on the ninth day of Britain’s unprecedented lockdown to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus. 

Police and paramedics were called to Dorset Road in Stockwell at 4pm today after concerns were raised for the welfare of a man (Pictured: Police at the scene)

Police and paramedics were called to Dorset Road in Stockwell at 4pm today after concerns were raised for the welfare of a man (Pictured: Police at the scene)

Police and paramedics were called to Dorset Road in Stockwell at 4pm today after concerns were raised for the welfare of a man (Pictured: Police at the scene)

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard of Metropolitan Police, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘I understand that this is an extremely shocking incident for the residents of this area and the wider community. 

‘The investigation is at a very early stage but my team and I are working hard to establish the full circumstances that led up to this tragic incident. 

‘If anybody has any information that could help our investigation please do get in contact.’ 

A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said it dispatched London’s Air Ambulance alongside several paramedic teams.     

‘We were called at 4:18pm today to reports of an incident in Dorset Road, Stockwell in SW8,’ a statement said. 

‘We dispatched a number of resources to the scene: a paramedic team leader, an advanced paramedic practitioner, an incident response officer, a medic in a response car and two ambulance crews.

‘We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance. Sadly, despite our efforts, two people were pronounced dead at the scene.’     

Pictured: Police in Stockwell today

Pictured: Police in Stockwell today

Pictured: Police in Stockwell today

Pictured: Police in Stockwell today

A man, 44, and a woman, 56, were found inside a home with ‘multiple stab injuries’ in the ‘extremely shocking incident’ and later died at the scene

Councillor Mohammad Seedat, of Lambeth Council, said 'colleagues tried to save the lives' of those involved, but were ultimately 'unsuccessful'

Councillor Mohammad Seedat, of Lambeth Council, said 'colleagues tried to save the lives' of those involved, but were ultimately 'unsuccessful'

Councillor Mohammad Seedat, of Lambeth Council, said ‘colleagues tried to save the lives’ of those involved, but were ultimately ‘unsuccessful’

Councillor Mohammad Seedat, of Lambeth Council, said ‘colleagues tried to save the lives’ of those involved, but were ultimately ‘unsuccessful’.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘We are working with @LambethMPS to ascertain circumstances of two people murdered in the Stockwell area of Lambeth.  

‘COVID19 unfortunately bringing out the worst behaviours of humanity as well as the best. Stay indoors, stay safe.’  

The ‘extremely shocking’ double stabbing adds to a string of killings which have taken place across Britain since the nationwide coronavirus lockdown began. 

The bodies of four people and a dead dog were last week found at a house in Sussex and a man was charged with killing his wife in South Wales.

An NHS nurse was also stabbed to death in the street in South Yorkshire and three have died in an apparent murder-suicide in Hertfordshire.

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