Finsbury Park: Murder probe as man, 52, stabbed to death

A murder investigation is under way after a man was knifed to death in north London early on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old had been attacked on Upper Tollington Park, Finsbury Park at around 4am.

Police were called by London Ambulance Service to reports of a stabbing and the victim was found injured.

Despite the best efforts of officers and paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene in Haringey.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Officers are working to inform the man’s next of kin.

“A crime scene and road closures are in place.”

Forensic officers at the scene in Upper Tollington Park (Evening Standard / John Dunne)
Forensic officers at the scene in Upper Tollington Park (Evening Standard / John Dunne)

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime have been informed and are investigating. At this early stage, no arrests have been made.

Forensics officers were trawling for clues in the street on Tuesday, where properties sell for upwards of £1m.

Forensics were examining a car outside a three storey house. A crime scene tent was also in place.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said the victim lived on the street. He said: “He had a good job and was a nice bloke. We just can’t believe it. We have no idea what can have sparked it.”

A witness told the Standard: “He was attacked by someone with a knife. He was left bleeding on the street. I didn’t see who did it or know what it was about but the man was bleeding out, he was dying. I’m in deep shock.”

Residents described being woken by screams during the night.

One resident said: “I heard shouting and screaming in the night and woke up in the middle of a crime scene. It’s a tragedy for the man’s family.”

Another said: “I saw the blue lights of the police cars and there was a huddle around a guy. It was too dark to see him.

“It’s become lawless around the park and this area. It’s a bit of a nightmare.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Caroline Haines, Haringey’s policing lead, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the man who has lost his life.

“We will do everything we can to identify those responsible for this horrendous crime and bring them to justice and keep the community safe.

“As such local people can expect to see an enhanced police presence in the area.

“If you saw anything that you think might help our investigation, I urge you to approach those officers and tell them what you know.”

Anyone with information on the Finsbury Park murder is asked to call 101, quoting CAD 835/19 Sept, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.