The discovery in Hertfordshire of the body of a man who had been stabbed is being linked to a murder in north London, the Metropolitan Police said. Hertfordshire Police made the find in Hogg Lane, Elstree, in Hertfordshire, on Friday.
Met detectives are treating it in connection to a stabbing in Scratchwood Park, Barnet, earlier this week. The man in his 30s died after being found in a car near Scratchwood Park at around 8.30pm on Thursday. The two areas are little more than five miles away from each other.
The Met said officers were called to nearby Courtland Avenue at 8.11pm on following a report of a fight in progress but found no trace of a victim or suspects. They were later called to the Barnet Bypass by London Ambulance Service and medics attempted treatment, but he was pronounced dead a short time later. Police did not release any more information about the man found in Elstree.
The latest victim, believed to have been 29, died in the early hours of Saturday after being knifed in Newham. Police were called to the scene in Hanameel Street shortly after 2am, but the man could not be saved and was pronounced dead at 2.44am. The incident came after three men died within hours of each other in three separate attacks on Thursday.
A Met statement on Twitter said: “Met detectives are in attendance at a crime scene in Hogg Lane, Elstree, after Hertfordshire police were called to the discovery of a man’s body on Friday, 20 December around 3.38pm. The victim had suffered stab injuries.
“The death is being treated as linked to the murder of a man found with stab injuries in Scratchwood Park, Barnet on 19 December. More information will be provided in due course.” Of the Barnet victim, Scotland Yard said in statement: “After a search of a car found at the scene, a man, in his thirties, was found inside a vehicle with stab wounds.
“Despite the efforts of emergency services, he was declared dead a short time later.
“Enquiries are ongoing to notify his next of kin. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.”