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Murder hunt launched after East End stabbing attack

PUBLISHED: 16:19 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:25 05 October 2010

POLICE have launched a murder enquiry following the death of a man who was stabbed repeatedly in a former factory. The man, who is thought to have been in his early 20s, was stabbed in the chest and arm in the former furniture factory in Durant Street, B

POLICE have launched a murder enquiry following the death of a man who was stabbed repeatedly in a former factory.

The man, who is thought to have been in his early 20s, was stabbed in the chest and arm in the former furniture factory in Durant Street, Bethnal Green, which has been taken over by squatters.

The man, who has not been named by police, was taken to the Royal London Hospital in the early hours of Monday (Jul 7) where he was pronounced dead.

A second man was taken to the hospital and was treated for a minor head injury. The man, who is thought to have been in his early 20s was later discharged and has been arrested and is being questioned by police.

It is thought that the two men knew each other.

Detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command squads have been investigating the incident.

People living nearby told the Advertiser the building has been taken over by squatters since the factory closed down last year.

Fatima Tatou said: "The first I knew about it was when the police banged on our door asking if we'd seen anything. I saw a couple of ambulances outside.

"At first I thought the squatters moved in to protest about the proposed development to build flats there but they were very quiet. They painted all the graffiti on the building. They had caravans inside the building - it's quite big in there."

Barratt Homes has applied to build two blocks of six storey buildings, with 51 homes on the site of the factories.

Bill Mitchell from Tillett Way said a film crew for Channel 4 had interviewed him about the graffiti for a programme about advertising due to be screened this autumn.

He said: "My step-father used to work at the Wilkinson's furniture factory. It is worrying to hear that there's been a stabbing. I think people should carry personal alarms."

Heather Duffy who lives in Wellington Row, behind the disused factory, said: "The squatters have been quite noisy. There's been a lot of comings and goings. They've been there a couple of months. There's girls and boys there in the late 20s and 30s and a lot of dogs.

"I think they may have got into the old cake factory next door."

She added: "It's a very bad area this anyway.

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