There's now so little crime in Britain we can start closing the police stations but Westminster will be the only borough to have two front desks. Maybe there's more criminals in Westminster?
Half of London police station counters to close to save £8m
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Scotland Yard is having to save £400m by 2020
More than half of London's police front counters will close as part of plans to save £8m, Sadiq Khan has confirmed.
Thirty-eight of the 73 police stations with front desks will shut with nearly all boroughs left with only one counter that will open 24 hours a day.
The mayor said the move would protect frontline officer numbers and save the equivalent cost of 140 constables at a time of "drastic government cuts".
The Home Office has said London has more officers "than anywhere else".
In the last four years, the Met has had to make £600m of savings and says it is due to lose an extra £400m by 2020.
Notting Hill Police Station will close when a new temporary counter is opened near Grenfell Tower
According to figures from the force, the number of crimes reported at police front counters has fallen significantly.
In 2016, 8% of crimes were reported at a front counter compared to 22% in 2006.
Following the closures, which are due to take place before the end of the year, Westminster will be the only borough that has two police front desks.
Areas which will lose two counters include Lewisham, Ealing and Bromley with some buildings to be sold off to raise funds.
A temporary daytime front desk will be created near Grenfell Tower while investigations into the fire continue "to respond to the needs of that community", City Hall said.
Sadiq Khan and Cressida Dick have said police would continue to "keep Londoners safe"
Sadiq Khan said he was "confident that these final plans maintain the best possible service for Londoners, and will provide the access to the police".
"The drastic nature of Government cuts to policing budgets has left us with no choice but to take drastic action," he added.
However, a Home Office spokesman said the government "has protected overall police spending in real terms since Spending Review 2015."
Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said she believed the closures "will not impact on our ability" to "keep Londoners safe".
LGBT rights campaigner Julian Aubrey stabbed to death in London flat
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Victim: Julian Aubrey pictured meeting Princess Anne at Kensington Town Hall in recognition of his work as a sexual abuse counsellor
A counsellor met by Princess Anne in recognition of his work with victims of sexual abuse has been found stabbed to death inside his west London flat.
Julian Aubrey, 55, was found suffering multiple knife wounds in his home in Earl’s Court on Monday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives today appealed for witnesses to come forward as neighbours described hearing screams in the early hours.
Mr Aubrey was a former co-chairman of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea LGBT liaison group and was pictured in 2014 meeting Princess Anne at Kensington town hall.
He described himself as a counsellor who worked with victims of sexual abuse and offered training to patients dealing with “embedded pain”.
Detectives today appealed for witnesses to come forward after Mr Aubrey was found stabbed to death
His brother-in-law Nigel Turner said: “Julian was a great guy. I can’t come to terms with what happened.
“He had his problems but he had a lot of time for other people. He did a lot of counselling work. He was a good counsellor, he had great empathy, and I’m sure he helped a lot of people. He loved art, he loved people. It’s all a bit raw.”
Residents of the block, above a Tesco store on the corner of Warwick Road and West Cromwell Road, said Mr Aubrey had been involved in several disputes with neighbours in recent months.
A neighbour said police had been called to the block to deal with disputes on many occasions adding: “He does bits and pieces to wind people up. He antagonised people, but he’s a human being. He didn’t deserve to die in the manner he did.”
Detective Chief Inspector Luke Marks, leading the murder inquiry, said: “I am appealing for anyone who was recently in the area of Shaftesbury Place and who may have heard a disturbance coming from one of the flats to contact us. I would also like to hear from anyone who may know why Julian was targeted in his own home in such a violent way.”
Scotland Yard said three men had been arrested on suspicion of murder. Two men, aged 48 and 56, were held at the scene of the murder on Monday. A third man, aged 42, was arrested at nearby Longridge Road this morning.
Anyone with information should call 020 8358 0200 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
West Drayton grandmother hammer attack: Woman jailed
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Abosede Adeyinka had previously provided care at the victim's address
A carer who attempted to murder a 90-year-old grandmother in her own home by hitting her with a hammer and stabbing her in the neck has been jailed.
Abosede Adeyinka, 52, of Hayman Crescent, Hayes, attacked her elderly victim in West Drayton on 27 April.
The woman suffered a skull fracture and a serious neck wound. Police said the motive for the "vile and disgusting" attack was theft.
Adeyinka was sentenced to 21 years in prison at Blackfriars Crown Court.
Investigators discovered how Adeyinka had built up a relationship with the victim after she previously provided private care at the address.
CCTV captured Adeyinka near the victim's home on the day of the attack
Adeyinka continued to visit the victim and was familiar with her weekly routine.
On the evening of the assault, Adeyinka went to the house with her face covered as a disguise.
She then pushed the victim to the floor and pulled a medical alert button from her neck before striking the victim twice over the head with the hammer and stabbing her.
The victim managed to pull the knife out of her neck and throw it back towards her.
Adeyinka left the property after being told the victim's son was on his way. She was arrested the next day.
She denied attempted murder at trial but was later convicted by a jury.
Det Con James Harbour said the attack was a "vile and disgusting crime on a defenceless grandmother in her own home".
"There are so many factors that make this a wicked attack, including a victim who was 90 and the level of violence used", he said.
"In view of the age of the victim and brutality of the attack I am truly thankful that the victim has been able to recover.
"It is a credit to her that she was able to attend the trial in person and tell the court what had happened to her."
Don't assume you're safe on the streets even if you're going about your lawful business.
Walthamstow acid attack: Teenage boy arrested after delivery driver left fighting for life
The victim may be left permanently blind after the horrific attack, police said.
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Attack: Police at the scene in Walthamstow Joe Newman/SWNS
A teenager has been arrested after a delivery driver was left fighting for his life in hospital following an acid attack in Walthamstow.
The takeaway delivery man was “repeatedly” doused with a corrosive liquid in what is thought by police to have been an attempted moped robbery.
The 32-year-old victim is likely to be left blinded in both eyes and is currently in a critical condition in hospital, police said.
On Friday officers investigating the incident arrested the teenager, whose age has not been released, and he has been taken to an east London police station for questioning.
The victim was attacked by two people on a scooter who were trying to steal his moped following a delivery in Walpole Road, at around 6pm on Thursday.
Police said the man was fighting for his life after the attack FILE IMAGE (Getty)
He was about to get back onto his scooter when the attackers were heard shouting “give me the keys”.
He was sprayed in the face and chest, leaving him struggling to breathe, police said.
Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Henderson said the attack had "left a man fighting for his life and with terrible eye injuries".
"This was an innocent man going about his work as a delivery driver, who may never see again," he said. "This is not a time to hesitate, if you have any information about this crime I would appeal that you immediately call police.
Delivery driver fights for life and likely to be blind in acid attack
"Your phone call could save some other innocent person; it is imperative that we arrest those responsible."
Detectives believe the attack may be linked to another acid attack that took place in Tottenham 30 minutes later.
A second delivery driver, also 32, was approached by two men who attempted to steal his scooter before spraying acid in his face.
He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.
Police said they have not established whether the two incidents are linked and have not arrested anyone in connection with the second attack.
Incidents of acid attacks in London have risen by 74 per cent since 2015.
Any witnesses to the recent attacks are urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
"Daddy was on his way" Father arrived minutes too late to park where stabbed son, 17, lay dying
In a heart breaking Facebook post Michael Jonas' dad revealed the location, Betts Park in Croydon, was the same park where he had taken his son to watch him play while growing up
Stephen Jones Assistant News Editor
19:33, 3 NOV 2017Updated19:44, 3 NOV 2017
The stabbing victim has been named locally as 17-year-old Michael Jonas (Image: Croydon Advertiser WS)
The teenager who was stabbed to death in Betts Park has been named locally as 17-year-old Michael Jonas.
It emerged tonight that his father, also named Michael, rushed to the scene to be with his critically injured son - but didn't arrive in time.
In a heart breaking Facebook post he revealed the location was the same park where he had taken his son to play growing up.
Michael wrote: “RIP son, Daddy was on his way, but didn’t get there in time.
“We will never get to do what we had planned. Son, you died the same place you were born - the same park I took you to ride your bike and watch you play.”
Friends and other relatives have also paid tribute to the youngster who was found stabbed in Betts Park, Anerley, at 7.20pm last night, The Croydon Advertiser reports.
Police and paramedics fought to save Michael’s life but he was pronounced dead shortly after 8.15pm.
Michael attended James Dixon Primary School, in Anerley, according to friends - who described him as a “humble and lovely guy”.
The fatal stabbing comes just days after another 17-year-old, Aren Mali, was stabbed to death in Croydon town centre.
Michael’s death means he is the 16th teenager stabbed to death in London this year.
Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating and have appealed for witnesses to the stabbing to come forward.
Betts Park remains completely cordoned off to the public while forensic investigators work at the scene.
Police are yet to make any arrests.
A post-mortem investigation is due to take place at the Princess Royal University later today.
Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4843 or Crimestoppers, if you want to remain anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
Acid attacks continue to rise. So let's close some more police stations?
Revealed: Violent acid-related crimes soar by almost 200% in 15 years
The shocking statistics also showed the age of perpetrators had fallen as more teens were convicted for such crimes.
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Acid: There has been a spike in the number of violent offences involving a corrosive fluid PA
The number of violent acid-related offences in London has soared by almost 200 per cent in the last 15 years, shocking statistics have revealed.
Since 2002, the number of corrosive fluid incidents considered to be “violent offences” have increased by 186 per cent from 145 to 416 last year.
The age of offenders has also dropped dramatically as more teens are convicted of crimes relating to acid.
The Met revealed the stark rise in numbers of the violent offences after a double acid attack in north and east London.
Two delivery drivers were doused in acid in Tottenham and Waltham Forest on Thursday evening leaving a 32-year-old man in a critical condition in hospital. He could be left permanently blind.
In 2016 there were 664 corrosive fluid offences, 63 per cent of which were classed as violent, police said.
And the numbers are set to be even higher in 2017 as, between January and September, there have been 739 offences – 411 of which were violent.
The Met classes “violent offences” as those recorded within the category "violence against the person" (VATP). These include assault – including actual bodily harm (ABH) and grievous bodily harm (GBH) – and murder.
Those not categorised as “violent” include offences relating to "harassment", "offensive weapons" and "other violence". This could apply to someone convicted of possessing a corrosive substance, for example.
In recent months the capital has seen a spate of horrifying "acid attacks" which involve the victim being doused in a corrosive substance.
It can leave people scarred for life, impact their vision, permanently damage nerve or muscle function and in extreme cases, be fatal.
The technique is increasingly being used by people attempting to steal mopeds off people and multiple takeaway delivery drivers have been targeted.
Food delivery riders demonstrate in Parliament Square after a spate of acid attacks in London (PA)
In August, the Standard reported that Deliveroo staff were refusing to work jobs in certain parts of London after a spate of acid attacks and thefts.
The company revealed that, in the space of three weeks, 71 riders unassigned themselves from jobs in the capital and some were offered alternative work locations after expressing concerns for their safety.
Records show that the number of acid-related crimes gradually decreased between the years 2002 and 2012.
But since then numbers have soared to considerably higher than before.
The age of the perpetrators has also dropped dramatically as the number of crimes has risen.
In 2016/2017, the majority of suspects identified are aged between 10 and 19-years-old. This has brought the average age down from 27 in 2002 to 21 in 2017.
The worst areas for acid crime are all in east London – Hackney, Newham, HAVERING, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham.
A spokesman for the Met said the force has in place a “London-wide plan” working with the Home Office and children’s charity the NPCC.
The Home Office is developing a set of “voluntary commitments” for retailers which would serve to restrict access to acid and other harmful corrosive products to customers.
“We recognise the lasting impact on victims of corrosive attacks, and are improving our response through training, investment and joint working,” the Met spokesman said.
“We have been guided by the NHS and the key treatment for these injuries is to flush the injury with lots of water. So some response cars are now equipped with five litre bottles, with a full role out to follow in the coming weeks.
“We are also looking at a kit which would be available to every borough and as well as water would also include protective eyewear and gauntlets. We are also including a separate input into officers' first aid training.”
A procedure has been introduced that automatically flags “acid attacks” to the London Fire Brigade in order to utilise the brigade’s access to gallons of water.
“We would encourage anyone who has been a victim of a corrosive attack to report it to police, and we appeal to parents, relatives and professionals to assist us in identifying and challenging those who carry or seek to carry noxious substances in public without a lawful excuse,” he added.
“If someone is in fear of being attacked with acid, or knows someone who is going to use it, they need to report it to police or confidentially through Crimestoppers and it will be actioned and you will be fully supported.”
Man stabbed to death in row with bikers in Prescot
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The victim was stabbed in a pedestrian area of Market Place
A man has been stabbed to death during a row with some people on a scrambler-style motorcycle.
Merseyside Police said he was with friends in a pedestrian area of Market Place in Prescot town centre when the argument started, at about 00:40 GMT.
The 29-year-old was stabbed in the neck with an unknown weapon, police said. The offenders fled, riding off in the direction of a Tesco store.
The victim was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead soon after.
A murder investigation has been launched and police are appealing for witnesses.
Ch Insp Nick Gunatilleke said: "This was a horrific and senseless attack on a young man who had been walking home from a night out in a local pub with his friends."
He called for the offenders to "search their consciences... and hand themselves in now as we will catch them in the end".
Police did not specify how many suspects they were looking for, saying only that the man was stabbed by "the rider or riders of a motorbike".
Notting Hill 'in lockdown' as armed police scale rooftops and residents warned to stay inside
Snipers were spotted shining lasers in dramatics pictures emerging from the scene - centred on Collville Square in the upmarket part of West London
ByStephen JonesAssistant News Editor
22:51, 9 NOV 2017Updated23:01, 9 NOV 2017
Police at the scene in West London tonight (Image: Twitter/@alecishereee)
Notting Hill in West London was 'in lockdown' tonight as armed police were spotted scaling rooftops and residents warned to stay inside.
Snipers were spotted shining lasers in dramatics pictures emerging from the scene - centred on Collville Square in the upmarket part of West London.
First video footage from the scene also showed the police helicopter circling overhead shining bright lights into gardens in the leafy west London suburb.
The Met Police later confirmed that the incident is believed to be 'gang related'.
A statement by the Met Police issued to MirrorOnline shortly before 11pm said: "At approximately 19:50hrs on Thursday, 9 November, detectives from the Trident and Area Crime Command, supported by firearms officers, carried out a pre-planned operation in the Colville Square area of Notting Hill.
"Five people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.
"They have been taken to a south-west London police station where they remain in custody.
"A number of knives were recovered during the operation. Officers remain in the area."
Horror as shopkeeper rushed to hospital after suspected acid attack
A SHOPKEEPER has been rushed to hospital after he had acid hurled in his face during an attempted robbery at his store.
By Mark Chandler
PUBLISHED: 20:46, Fri, Nov 10, 2017 | UPDATED: 21:39, Fri, Nov 10, 2017
The man was targeted by two thugs at the cash-and-carry in Barking, east London, this afternoon, police say.
After their attack, the two men fled in a metallic-coloured car.
Detectives say the shopkeeper needed treatment after inhaling fumes from what was thought to be acid.
Police have now launched a manhunt for the pair.
Agony of man who died after ‘acid attack by jealous ex-love’
One has been described as black, in his 40s, wearing a dark woolly hat, navy trousers, a dark long-sleeved top, black trainers and gloves.
The other was black, also in his 40s, clad in a dark cap, sunglasses, a navy blue jacket, dark trousers, trainers and gloves.
A spokesman for the Met Police said: "Police were called to reports of an altercation at a commercial premises on Creek Road, Barking at approximately 1pm on Friday, 10 November.
"Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene.
“They discovered a male who appeared to have suffered the effects of inhaling fumes, believed to have been caused by acid being thrown.
"The man was taken to an east London hospital. We await an update on his condition.
"It is believed two men entered the commercial premises in an attempted to commit a robbery.
“It is believed they threw the acid substance at the victim’s face in the premises, before making off in a metallic coloured vehicle.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
BREAKING: ‘Acid attack’ at Lakeside shopping centre
EMERGENCY services were called to Lakeside Shopping Centre this evening after a reported acid attack.
By Jon Rogers
PUBLISHED: 22:29, Fri, Nov 10, 2017 | UPDATED: 22:40, Fri, Nov 10, 2017
An acid attack at Lakeland shopping centre
Two women were said to be “splashed with acid”.
A fight broke out outside Lakeside Shopping Centre at around 5.10pm today during which two women were splashed with an unknown substance.
Both women suffered reddening and stinging to their faces, but their injuries are not believed to be serious.
The fight then continued into the McDonalds restaurant, where two members of staff attempted to intervene.
They were assaulted but not seriously injured.
A cordon was put in place in the area so investigations could take place.
Essex Police have now confirmed that two men have been arrested.
A 16-year-old boy from Romford and a 17-year-old boy from Dagenham have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and are currently in custody.
Inspector Rob Brettell said: "I understand this incident may have caused concern, but we believe it was a targeted and isolated incident and there is no risk to the wider public.
"The area was busy at the time and I believe there would have been a lot of people who saw what happened.
"If you saw what happened, have any video of it or have any other information, my team needs to speak to you."
If you have any information please contact Grays police station on 101 quoting incident 786 of 10/11 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.
STREET SHOOTING Murder probe underway as man, 26, dies after being shot dead in north west London
Armed cops were scrambled to Southall in the early hours of the morning and discovered the man suffering gunshot wounds
By Holly Christodoulou
11th November 2017, 11:52 am Updated: 11th November 2017, 12:38 pm
A MURDER probe has been launched after a 26-year-old man was shot dead.
Armed police were scrambled to Southall, West London, in the early hours of the morning and discovered the man suffering from gunshot wounds.
A 26-year-old was shot dead in Southall last night
He was rushed to hospital but died a few hours later at 3.32am.
The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating and no arrests have been made.
DI Simon Stancombe said: “We are retaining an open mind as to the motive of this attack.
"We know that a large crowd gathered shortly after the shooting and some people within that group may well have witnessed what took place and seen the suspect(s) leaving the scene.
"It’s vital they get in touch so we can build on the information we have and find those behind this shooting.”
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information should call police at the incident room on 0208 358 0300 or via @MetCC.
Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Just another statistic on the safe streets of East London?
Ilford murder: Man 'beaten to death by attackers wielding baseball bats' in east London
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Probe: The man was beaten to death PA
A murder investigation has been launched after a man was beaten to death by attackers thought to be wielding baseball bats, police said.
The man was found injured in High Road, Ilford, east London, in the early hours of Sunday morning after being beaten by a group of men, the Metropolitan Police said.
London Ambulance Service attended the scene and the man was taken to an east London hospital, but was pronounced dead at about 4.30am.
The Met said inquiries are under way to identify the man and a post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.
No arrests have been made and police said they are keeping an open mind regarding a motive.
Local road closures have been put in place and buses have been re-routed.
Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward and said anyone with information should call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
NOT FARE Taxi driver seriously injured after being stabbed by a customer in a row over the cost of a fare
The cabbie is recovering in hospital with serious stab wounds to his arms and stomach
By Charlie Parker
12th November 2017, 3:29 pm Updated: 12th November 2017, 6:01 pm
A TAXI driver was left bleeding to death after he was repeatedly stabbed by a customer who argued over the cost of the fare.
The 42-year-old cabbie was rushed to hospital suffering serious stab wounds to his arms and stomach following the attack in Moss Side, Manchester.
Police cordoned off two doors drenched in the driver's blood
Witnesses say he staggered out of his car and left blood splattered across the road and on doors before collapsing.
In a desperate plea for help he managed to knock on two doors as he bled, according to neighbours who saw the aftermath.
Police condemned the "disgusting attack" on the "unsuspecting man who was just trying to do his job" and are appealing for information to help track down the attacker.
Officers raced to Ruskin Avenue at about 8.10pm on Saturday and established that the driver picked up a man earlier on Dickenson Road, Longsight, before he was savagely stabbed.
The victim was left to die in his car after being stabbed multiple times
The customer argued with the cabbie about the cost of the journey when the car stopped and then attacked him with the a knife before running away, police said.
The offender is described as white, slim and in his mid-20s with dark hair. He wore a black coat with a black hoodie.
Detective Inspector Geoff Machent, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Thankfully, the taxi driver's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. However, this could easily have been a different story.
"I would like to appeal to anyone who believes they may have any information which they think could help us find the person responsible so that they can be brought to justice."
Two houses were cordoned off for the investigation, Manchester Evening News reports.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Shortly before 8.10pm on Saturday 11 November 2017, police were called to reports that a taxi driver had been stabbed on Ruskin Avenue, Moss Side.
"Emergency services attended and a man was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
"Enquiries are on-going.
"Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 2017 of 11/11/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111."
London's flagship Apple store ransacked by moped gang: ten thugs steal thousands of pounds of iPhones and iPads
Ten thugs on five mopeds target London Apple store
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Thugs on mopeds targeted the Regent Street apple store in the early hours today
Ten thugs on five mopeds launched a mass raid on the Apple store in Regent Street early today snatching thousands of pounds worth of laptops and iPads.
The gang struck in the early hours driving a high powered scooter through the glass front doors of the store before storming inside.
Two security guards tried to intervene but there were threatened with hammers by the gang who were inside the premises for less than three minutes.
Police said they were first called at 12.42 am to reports of a robbery in Regent Street.
The Regent Street apple store was targeted by a mop of moped thugs
Witnesses said the gang posted look-outs outside as several of the group ran inside and snatched items on display stands before escaping on waiting mopeds.
Early today forensic experts were examining the scooter left abandoned inside the glass doors of the store.
Detectives are examining CCTV images of the incident and appealed for witnesses today.
The raid comes as police are battling an epidemic of moped related thefts and raids across London.
This morning there was no sign of the raid and the store was open as usual.
One customer Hajra Ali, 37, from Ilford, said: “Moped attacks have got really, really bad and I’m not surprised this happened. I don’t know what the Met is doing about it.
“There have been loads of moped attacks in my area, they even use them for house break ins. They break into the front door, one goes inside to grab what they want and then they get out. There are always two of them on each moped.
“There have been lots of acid attacks too, I’ve heard really scary stories in our area.”
All the way from Romania, just to die on the streets of Britain.
First picture of dad beaten to death with baseball bats by gang in high street
The victim was left in a pool of blood after he was attacked as he left a club, it was reported
ByHannah KaneChris kitching
18:42, 13 NOV 2017Updated18:44, 13 NOV 2017
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Sorin Serbu had a 10-year-old son and was from Romania (Image: UKNIP)
This is the first picture of a tragic father who was beaten to death by thugs wielding baseball bats.
The victim, named locally as Sorin Serbu, had a 10-year-old son and had moved to the UK from his native Romania.
The 36-year-old was attacked by several people - reportedly all believed to be Romanian as well - and left in a pool of blood after leaving a club.
Mr Serbu was rushed to hospital, where he died a short time later, Essex Live reports.
Detectives are still hunting the attacks following what they called a "brutal and prolonged attack" in a street.
The attack happened in High Road in Ilford, east London (Image: Google Maps)
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Mr Serbu, from the Romanian city of Bralia, was attacked in High Road in Ilford, east London, at about 2.48am on Sunday.
He was identified in a report by the Romanian news website De Bralia, which said he was 36 and he was beaten as he left a club.
The report claimed he had been attacked by eight people who were all Romanian.
Police have said that the victim was beaten by up to five attackers.
Mr Serbu was rushed to an east London hospital where he died of his injuries at about 4.35am.
No-one has been arrested.
DCI Andrew Parker, from the Met Police Homicide and Major Crime Command, said previously: "This was a brutal and prolonged attack on an individual by a group of up to five people. Early indications are that this group have attacked the male, inflicting fatal blows with items such as baseball bats.
"I would like to appeal to anyone in Ilford High Road, near the junction with Connaught Road, at the time of the attack to get in touch and speak with my team.
"This investigation is still at its early stages and it is vital we speak to witnesses and others who have information about what took place but are yet to come forward.
"I would also like to appeal to anyone who may have captured footage from the scene to contact police. Your footage may hold vital evidence and you may well have captured the suspects at the scene or running away."
Police have asked witnesses to upload their video to this website.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information should is asked to call the Homicide and Major Crime Command on 020 8345 3865, send a message via Twitter @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Clapton murder: Deliveroo driver Kaan Aslan, 21, is stabbed to death yards from home
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Victim: Kaan Aslan was attacked on the Nightingale estate in Clapton
A delivery driver died from a single stab wound to the heart today after he was ambushed as he headed home from a night shift, his family said.
Kaan Aslan, 21, was 100 yards from his front door in Clapton when he was murdered.
The Deliveroo driver, who was working to fund a college education, was in a car when he was attacked shortly after midnight on the Nightingale estate. His parents and younger brother were woken with the news.
His cousin Ugur, 33, said: “His dad is a chef, he had finished a shift and gone to bed. The next thing he knew was the police at the door, saying he had been stabbed once in the heart and died instantly. He always finished late and had only just started the job to get pocket money to fund a better life.
“He was a good person. He was a kind caring boy, no way was he ever in any trouble. He has a younger brother who is 11. Kaan was his role model, he is heartbroken.
Police at the scene in Clapton, Hackney
“He was a big football fan and supported Turkish side Fenerbahçe. He was so friendly and hardworking and respectful. He had a bright future.
“We have no idea if he was robbed or what the reason was for this attack.”
The family moved from Turkey 15 years ago and Mr Aslan attended Hackney Community College. Ugur added: “The family came here for a better life and were working hard for better things. Nothing will be the same for us ever again. There are too many knives on the streets and lives lost here.”
Another cousin, Nese, said: “He was a lovely boy. We are all devastated. He had lots of friends and was just a nice hardworking person.”
Police said ambulance workers called them to reports of a stabbing at Monteagle Way. Paramedics treated Mr Aslan at the scene but he died at 12.15am.
Forensic science officers were working at the location today and there were road closures around the area. There have been no arrests and detectives said they were keeping an open mind on the motive. They appealed for witnesses.
Call the incident room on 020 8345 3865 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Moped thugs make Regent Street their personal thiefdom in lawless London.
New Canada Goose shop in London Regent Street targeted in second smash-and-grab raid within 24 hours
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The aftermath of the smash-and-grab raid on Regent Street
A luxury clothing store was looted by a smash and grab gang in the second mass attack on a West End store in 24 hours.
Moped bandits escaped with coats worth thousands of pounds following the raid on Canada Goose in Regent Street at 1.30am.
Police believe ten suspects riding five scooters used the vehicles to shatter the plate-glass shop front before storming inside.
The Apple raid took place in the early hours of Monday morning (PA)
One said: “There was security inside the store all night and he was threatened by the men who had weapons.
“Luckily no one was hurt and it was over quite quickly. He was shaken up.
Moped smash and grab at Apple's flagship store in London
“There’s a bit of mess to clear up today. Everyone is in meetings about what to do next.”
The shop officially opened at the weekend and is the brand’s first outlet in Europe. Its sought-after jackets and parkas range from £500 to £950 and are marketed as the warmest available on the high street.
Two mopeds outside the Apple store in Regent Street (PA)
The store was the focus of a protest by animal rights group PETA over the controversial use of coyote fur as trim in some coats.
Anti-fur activists tweeted their happiness after they learned of the raid. One wrote online: "London store was robbed last night! You deserve it you murdering b******s"
The raid came 24 hours after ten people on five mopeds raided Apple’s flagship branch in Regent Street escaping with a haul including high-end laptops and iPhone X's.
A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called to a commercial property in Regent Street at 1.30am on Tuesday to reports of a burglary.
“At the scene, it is believed ten suspects, smashed the front windows of a clothing store by ramming it with a moped and stole goods from within before fleeing the scene on five mopeds.”
There have been no arrests.
Witnesses should call Westminster CID by dialling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
GANG TERROR Romanian thugs could be drawn into London gang war after crime lord was beaten to death
Police fear drugs and people trafficker Sorin Serbu's killing will trigger more violence — both in retaliation and as others try to fill the power vacuum
By Nick Parker
14th November 2017, 11:29 pm Updated: 15th November 2017, 3:03 am
GANGS of Romanian thugs could be dragged into a violent turf war on UK soil after an immigrant crime lord was beaten to death.
Drugs and people trafficker Sorin Serbu, 36, was ambushed and clubbed unconscious by up to five masked thugs.
Sorin Serbu was beaten by thugs and later died in hospital
He died in hospital in the early hours of Saturday following the incident outside Global Romanian Bar in Ilford, East London.
Police fear hardman Serbu’s killing will trigger more violence — both in retaliation and as others try to fill the power vacuum.
A Romanian justice source said: “There may be more bloodshed before this is over.”
Serbu made millions from drugs and prostitution in Western Europe before moving his empire to Italy.
Police fear hardman Serbu’s killing will trigger more violence
Serbu made millions from drugs and prostitution in Western Europe
But his shift to the UK was resisted by Romanian gangs already here.
The source added: “Serbu tried to muscle in and imported around 100 prostitutes.
“The arrival of competition like that was always going to rock the boat.”
Police are yet to formally identify Serbu as the victim, but he was saluted by his underworld followers online yesterday.
Hosam Eisa stabbed to death after ‘two-on-one’ fight at Romford shopping centre, court hears
PUBLISHED: 10:20 15 November 2017
Matthew Clemenson Romford Recorder
A young man was stabbed to death after confronting a teenager who stared at him while he sat with his girlfriend at The Brewery shopping centre, a court heard.
Hosam Eisa, 20, from Dagenham, had just come out of the Vue Cinema with partner Salma Begum when they saw a group wearing hoodies, jurors were told.
She later told police that one of the youths looked at Mr Eisa but she grabbed his hand to prevent a confrontation.
Minutes later, Mr Eisa was seen “squaring up” to one of them in The Brewery car park, the Old Bailey heard.
A 17 year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, punched the victim before Che Pullen, 20, stabbed him four times in the chest, face and skull.
Mr Eisa died in hospital an hour later from a fatal wound to his heart.
Pullen, of Loom Grove, claims he was defending the 17-year-old, also from Romford, from attack, because the victim was armed with a yellow craft knife.
CCTV cameras captured most of the fight at around 4.30pm on May 18.
Prosecutor John McGuinness told jurors that the two suspects did not know Mr Eisa and only “clapped eyes on him” for the first time just 15 minutes before the fight.
Mr McGuinness said: “It was two onto one and though Eisa may have had a knife he did not get the opportunity to use it.
“Pullen stabbed Eisa no fewer than four times and did so with some force.
“In addition to the fatal wound to the heart, Pullen stabbed Eisa twice in the face and once in the his skull.
“When he inflicted these stab wounds he intended - at the very least - to cause Eisa really serious harm.”
Both defendants deny murder.
The trial continues.