A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed to death in Hounslow town centre.
Police rushed to Staines Road at 12.30am on Saturday following reports of an attack.
Officers found a 31-year-old man suffering stab injuries. Despite the efforts of emergency services he was pronounced dead at the scene.
His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course. No arrests gave been made at this stage.
Detective James Shirley said: “An urgent investigation is under way to establish what happened in the early hours of this morning and to identify who was responsible for this terrible attack
“Our investigation will be extensive and painstaking, including a full forensic examination of the area, which is ongoing, and detailed enquiries to obtain all available CCTV.
“I am appealing for anyone who was in the area and has yet to speak with police to get in touch.
“Even if you do not believe you saw anything of particular significance, please make contact with detectives.
“I also want to hear from anyone who took photos or captured footage on their phone or other device, and from any drivers with dashcam footage from the local area at the time of the murder.”
Chief Inspector Karl Spour of the Met’s West Area BCU said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who lost his life in this tragic incident. I know they will be given a great deal of support by Met officers as they try to come to terms with what has happened.
“Local people will see more officers in and around Staines Road and Hounslow town centre in the coming days. Our commitment to arresting and charging those who commit violent crime and further reducing the number of people killed or injured on our streets is total.
“I urge anyone with information about people who carry knives or other weapons to share what they know with police or charities such as Crimestoppers. In partnership with these organisations, we are always striving to build a picture of violent offenders and ultimately to keep people safe. Please help us in this vital work.”
Anyone with information or any witnesses yet to speak with police are asked to call 101, ref 189/25jun.
To give information anonymously please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.