16-year-old Stabbed To Death in Southall

Murder investigation launched after boy dies in Raleigh Road

Murder victim: Rishmeet Singh
Murder victim: 16-year-old Rishmeet Singh


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A sixteen-year-old boy has died after being stabbed in Southall this Wednesday evening (24 November). He has been named locally as Rishmeet Singh

The police say they have launched a murder investigation after being called to Raleigh Road, which is just south of the Grand Union Canal, at 9:07pm to reports of a fight taking place.

They found the teenager with stab wounds and he was treated by paramedics but died at the scene shortly afterwards.

Rishmeet worked part-time jobs to help care for his disabled mother, who lives above a shop near to where her son was killed.

Friends of Rishmeet have claimed that the stabbing was a result of a dispute over a fake Gucci bag which others were trying to take from him.

The investigation is being carried out by homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime led by Detective Chief Inspector James Shirley.

DCI Shirley said, “My thoughts and those of my team are with Rishmeet’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time. I want to reassure them and the wider community that we are working around the clock to bring the person, or people, responsible for Rishmeet’s death, to justice.

“I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my appeal for anyone who was in the area around Raleigh Road just after 9pm on Wednesday and saw this incident to get in contact. You may have vital evidence that could help us progress this investigation.

“I would also ask local residents in the area, or road users who were around Raleigh Road at the time of this attack, to check any footage they may have captured on doorbell, dashboard or CCTV cameras. If you can help, please get in touch.”

Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, head of policing for Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon said, “Rishmeet’s family have been devastated by his death and my thoughts are with them. Specialist detectives continue to work at pace to find out who was responsible for this attack. I would also add my appeal to the public to get in touch if they have any information that could help the investigation.

“I know that this tragic incident will have understandably shocked the local community and our officers throughout the West Area share that shock. We remain committed to working with the local community to address any concerns they may have.

“Residents across Hounslow, Hillingdon and Ealing can expect to see an increased policing presence over the coming days and I would encourage anyone who has concerns to please speak to officers.”

Raleigh Road, Southall. Picture: Google Streetview

A Section 35 dispersal order - which gives officers powers to direct people to leave an area - was authorised until 2.39pm on Sunday, 28 November in Southall Broadway, Southall Green, the Havelock Estate, Uxbridge town centre and Hayes town centre.

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, said, “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the deceased at this difficult time. It is deeply upsetting that another young man has tragically lost his life due to knife crime in the capital."

Councillor Ron Mushiso, the Conservative spokesperson for Children and Young People at the London Borough of Hounslow said,“Ashmeet is the 28th teenager to be stabbed in the capital this year, and it’s clear that young people are suffering disproportionately from knife crime in our city. I pass on my condolences to Ashmeet’s family and friends, and urge the Mayor of London and the authorities to make tackling knife crime an urgent priority to protect our young people.”

Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 7400/28NOV . Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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November 29, 2021

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