Police were called to Thessaly Road yesterday lunchtime at around 12.30 where they found a 32-year-old man with a number of knife wounds.

He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Paramedics and London’s Air Ambulance were deployed to the area but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Next of kin have been notified and a post-mortem examination will be conducted in due course.

A murder investigation has been launched led by Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said:

“At this early stage we are putting together a timeline of events that led to, and immediately followed this stabbing, and I am keen to hear from anyone who witnessed any part of this incident or has information concerning the identity of the person responsible.

“If you have information please do get in touch, even details that may seem irrelevant could be important to our investigation.”

A crime scene remains in place.

Chief Superintendent Roger Arditti of the Met’s South West Command said: “I am saddened to see another life needlessly ended by knife crime on our streets and know that local people will share in that sentiment.

“In order to reassure the community, my officers will be more visible in the area over the coming days.

“If you have concerns or information that you would like to raise, please do speak with them when you see them on patrol or contact our colleagues on the homicide investigation team.

“A family has been devastated by this incident – my thoughts are with them at this sad time.”

There have been no arrests. Enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has footage should call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 3633/24AUG.

To remain 100% anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers-uk.org.