Man shot in the head is London's fifth murder victim in last four days

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A 30-year-old man who was shot in the head last night was London's fifth murder victim in the last four days - including a 19-year-old who became the 100th teenager to be murdered in the capital since Sadiq Khan became mayor.

Metropolitan Police were called out to Balfour Road in Ilford, East London, just before 10.15pm last night, where they found the victim with gunshot wounds to the head.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, sparking the fifth murder investigation in London since Thursday, following deaths in Wandsworth, Greenwich, Paddington and Chessington.

Officers remain at the scene this morning, as a Met Police spokesman said today: 'At this early stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries into the circumstances continue.' 

The death of a 19-year-old in Paddington on Saturday marked the 100th teenager to be murdered since Sadiq Khan was elected Mayor of London in 2016. 

The grim milestone was reached four years and five months into Mr Khan’s time as mayor, two years and three months quicker than under the reign of his predecessor, now PM Boris Johnson.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the head in Ilford, East London on Sunday night. Police remain at the scene in Balfour Road this morning as a murder investigation got underway

Of the 100 teenagers killed while Mr Khan has had the reins at City Hall, 85 have been stabbed and11 shot while four were killed by other means. Just four of the victims were girls.

The two youngest victims were just 14-years-old while nine 15-year-olds, nine 16-year-olds, 22 17-year-olds, 35 18-year-olds and 23 19-year-olds have also been killed.

A total of 38 of the killings were in south London, while 62 were north of the Thames.

A total of 118 teenagers were murdered in London during the eight years that Boris Johnson was mayor from May 4, 2008 to May 9, 2016.

The 99th teenager to be killed was 15-year-old Joseph Marafini, who was stabbed to death in Wandsworth, south-west London, last Thursday.

Imran Boujdellal, 19, of Walworth, south London, was charged with murder on Saturday and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday. 

Last night's murder was the fifth in London since Thursday, following deaths in Wandsworth, Greenwich, Chessington and Paddington, which are not being connected

Police cordons have been raised in Balfour Road, Ilford, following last night's murder, which was the fifth case to be launched since Thursday 

On Friday a 39-year-old woman was found dead in Greenwich, south-east London. 

Met Police confirmed a 41-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, he remains in hospital where is being treated before going into police custody.

Scotland Yard said its officers believe the suspect and the deceased knew one another.

On Saturday, police charged 71-year-old Keith Bettison with murder after the death of a woman in Chessington on London's south-western outskirts.

Officers were called in the early hours due to concerns for the welfare of a woman at an address in Ranyard Close.

A 48-year-old woman was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Bettison, also of Ranyard Close, Chessington, is due to appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court today.

Detectives are also investigating after a 19-year-old man was stabbed to death during a fight between a group of men in central London on Saturday.

Officers and paramedics attended reports of the fight shortly after 10pm but they were unable to save the teenager with first aid and he was pronounced dead at the scene in Fernhead Road, in West Kilburn near Paddington.

Officers remain in Ilford this morning as Met Police launches an appeal for witnesses to come forward following last night's murder  

A 20-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and was taken into custody at a central London police station.

The victim's next of kin have been informed but formal identification is yet to take place. 

Any witnesses to the murder in Ilford last night are asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting reference 8011/01Nov.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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