A teenage boy has been stabbed to death after being chased by a gang of youths on bicycles in Notting Hill, west London.
The 17-year-old, named locally as sixth form student Fola Orebiyi, was attacked in Portobello Road at around 8.45pm last night, after witnesses said a fight had broken out nearby.
He collapsed just two doors down from the shop unit which featured in the 1999 Hugh Grant film Notting Hill, and although police and paramedics, including an air ambulance, rushed to help him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have launched a murder investigation into his death, but no arrests have yet been made.
His family have been told of the tragedy and this morning said they were too upset to speak.
Witnesses said the boy had been chased into Portobello Road after a fight broke out on a neighbouring estate.
One said the teenager, who was studying for his A Levels at a nearby school, had been stabbed in the neck in front of shocked passersby and tourists, while drinkers in the Portobello Star pub rushed to try to help him.
‘People saw him fall down and try to get to his feet again,’ witness Mark Gettleson told the Evening Standard. ‘Police and paramedics tried to resuscitate him for a long time, they did everything they could.’
He added: ‘It’s absolutely tragic another young man has died on our streets.’
Another neighbour added: ‘There were lots of kids gathering around the area on bikes before it happened. Police said the youngsters chased him on their bikes.’
One resident told of the ‘awful’ scene, which saw paramedics working on the boy outside La Cave a Fromage cheese shop.
The elderly woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘I was watching TV when I heard an awful commotion downstairs.
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S/O: Daily mail