Man arrested over fatal stabbing of David Martinez-Valencia in east London ‘knew victim’

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A man has been arrested by detectives investigating the killing of a Spanish-Colombian man who was stabbed to death in east London.

The suspect, 18, was held on Thursday on suspicion of murdering 26-year-old David Steven Martinez-Valencia, Scotland Yard said.

“At this stage it is understood the victim and suspect were known to each other. The incident is not thought to be gang-related,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The Spanish-Colombian is believed to have been fatally stabbed in a home in Leyton, east London, on Wednesday.

Officers think he left the scene before collapsing in the street nearby.

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Police, paramedics and an air ambulance were called to North Birkbeck Road at around 4.30pm, but Mr Martinez-Valencia died 40 minutes later.

His next of kin have been informed.

Investigators have yet to confirm the cause of death. A post-mortem examination began on Thursday.

At least 39 people have been stabbed to death across the UK so far this year amid a surge in violence.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to call the incident rook on 020 8345 3734 or Tweet information to @MetCC quoting CAD 5145/6Mar. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

(c) Sky News 2019: Man arrested over fatal stabbing of David Martinez-Valencia in east London ‘knew victim’

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