A 16-year-old boy has been stabbed to death in Walthamstow. 

Police were called at 4.09pm today (May 5) to reports of a stabbing at Markhouse Road, E17.

Police and paramedics from London's Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service rushed to the scene where the boy was found with stab injuries.

But despite their best efforts he died at the scene at 4.39pm. 

A spokesperson for the Met said his next of kin have been notified and a post-mortem exam will be scheduled.

A crime scene, road closures and cordons remain in place.

At this early stage there has been no arrest.

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, who leads the Met's North East Command, said: “ I am totally devastated at the loss of a young man’s life on our streets. My deepest sympathy and thoughts are with the victim’s family at this tragic time.

"I, like many others, care passionately about our communities and I know this awful loss of life will reverberate far and wide.

"We must stand together in the face of such violence and I urge anyone who knows anything about what happened this afternoon to please contact us immediately."

Anyone with information or footage who has not yet spoken with police should call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 4965/5MAY.

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