Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Machete Murder in Park Full of Playing Children; Teenager Killed by Youths on Moped

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Machete Murder in Park Full of Playing Children; Teenager Killed by Youths on Moped

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Byline: Ben Morgan, Matt Watts, John Dunne and Kiran Randhawa

A TEENAGER died after being stabbed repeatedly with a machete in front of terrified families at a playground.

Stefan Appleton, 18, was attacked by youths who rode up to the children's area in Islington on a moped just after 6pm yesterday. He was stabbed several times in the chest and back at Nightingale Park, Canonbury, as children played nearby. His attackers fled through the warren of paths around New River Green estate and he tried desperately to cycle home but collapsed in a pool of blood 50 yards around the corner.

Neighbours rushed to tend his wounds and give first aid before air ambulance medics arrived. The former St Mary Magdalene Academy pupil was taken to a hospital 'My six-year-old was terrified these people just don't care' Continued from Page 1 in east London, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. He is the second teenager to be murdered in the area in the past three months.

One mother who was at the scene said: "It was sunny and children were all out playing. Then this happened.

"My six-year-old son was there and saw it. He was terrified. Everyone was terrified. These people just don't care who they hurt."

A witness said: "There was more than one boy. They were riding on a moped flashing a weapon at him."

Local Sandra Phillips, 45, said: "I was at home when I heard someone shouting, 'Help, help', and I looked out of the window.

"I saw the boy on the floor. He had collapsed and his bike was next to him. I tried to put pressure on the wounds to stop the bleeding. He'd been stabbed at least three times, probably more."

She added: "I did everything the 999 controllers asked me to do."

The play area and surrounding streets were cordoned off last night as detectives began investigations. They were seen to recover a large-bladed weapon which had been stashed nearby. …

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