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Met probes CCTV over stab death

Scene of crime officer at the location of the stabbing
Police are keeping an open mind about the motive

Police are looking at CCTV footage and talking to eyewitnesses after a man was killed outside a fast food restaurant in London's Oxford Street.

Steven Bigby, 22, from north London, was stabbed in a dispute after leaving McDonald's on Monday afternoon.

Officers have recovered a knife from the scene. They do not believe it was a premeditated attack.

There were many witnesses to the stabbing on the busy street but police have made no arrests.

About half of Oxford Street is closed between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road and nine bus routes are being diverted.

The results are still to come of a post-mortem examination held on Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said Mr Bigby became involved in an altercation with a group of people soon after leaving left McDonald's with friends.

The spokesman said the Met was keeping an "open mind" about the motive.

This has been an increasing and steadily rising onslaught of lawlessness
Ray Lewis
Deputy mayor for young people

He added that it was too early to say how many people were involved in the row and whether the attack was gang-related.

A McDonald's spokeswoman said none of the fast food chain's staff was involved.

Acting Dep Ch Insp Bob Mahoney said: "In particular, I am appealing for anyone who was taking photographs yesterday afternoon in Oxford Street, for any reason, to contact us.

"We would be very keen to see these photographs as they could hold key information to our inquiry."

About 20 retailers in the cordoned-off area were closed on Tuesday.

Other stabbings

The New West End Company, which represents the interests of businesses in the area, said in a statement: "Our sympathies are with the victim's family and anyone affected by yesterday's incident.

"We call on retailers and shoppers in the area to pass on any information they believe will be helpful to police investigations."

The stabbing came days after 16-year-old Jimmy Mizen was murdered in Lee, south-east London.

Two teenagers, aged 15 and 16, were also stabbed in Holloway, north London, over the weekend.

London's newly-appointed deputy mayor for young people, Ray Lewis, described the problem of crime in the capital as a "rising onslaught".

"I think we need to ask ourselves why we are where we are in the first place," he told the BBC's Newsnight.

"Because this isn't a blow-out, this is a slow leak.

"This has been an increasing and steadily rising onslaught of lawlessness and abandoned behaviour for a number of years."

Stab death in London's West End
12 May 08 |  London

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