A young stab victim who was given CPR in the street by police officers later died in hospital.

Usmaan Mahmood, 20, was found in the street with a single stab wound in Thornton Heath. He was taken to hospital and died early on Wednesday, June 14.

A post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of death as sharp force trauma.

There have been no arrests, and enquiries into the incident continue.

On patrol in Thornton Heath, officers were made aware of a man injured at the junction of Melfort Road and Sandfield Road at 4.16 pm on Tuesday, 13 June. Officers performed CPR and requested support from the London Ambulance Service.

Detective Mike Nolan, from the Met’s Specialist Crime (Homicide), said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Mahmood’s family at an unimaginable time for them. I have assured them that I and my team will do everything we can to bring them justice.

“A young man has lost his life, and it is imperative we identify those responsible. Londoners don’t want violent criminals in their communities and we must work together to remove them from our streets.

Police closed several roads in Thornton Heath and told residents to stay home after reports of the stabbing.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing emergency services working on a man lying on the ground on Sandfield Road on the railway bridge. Others said they were told he had been stabbed.
Residents in Melfort Road were told to stay home, and police cordoned off the electricity building in The Rec at the Melfort entrance.  The Rec was closed while police carried out searches and forensics.

DC Nolan added: “We believe Mr Mahmood was stabbed inside Thornton Heath Recreation Ground before running out onto Sandfield Road and collapsing. We are appealing for anyone who may have been at the park at the time of the time to come forward with any information.

“Please do the right thing and call us with anything that could assist our investigation and bring his killer to justice.”

Any witnesses are asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5777/13Jun.
To remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.