Teen’s family: Knife crime ‘out of control’ in London

The family of a teenager stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack in London says knife crime is “out of control” in the capital.

Jason Isaacs, 18, was going to a party in Northolt on Saturday when he and his friends were targeted by balaclava-clad attackers on mopeds.

Mr Isaacs and his friends fled but he became separated and was stabbed multiple times with a large knife.

The apprentice carpenter was taken to hospital where he died on Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police has announced a £20,000 reward for information that leads to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the killing.

The teenager’s family said in a statement: “We are devastated to have lost our beautiful son in such senseless circumstances.

“Jason was a kind and loving son and brother who adored his music, fashion and his beloved QPR football team. He was working hard as an apprentice carpenter, loved socialising and was a very popular boy.

“We feel that knife crime in this area, and in London, is out of control and it must be stopped before another young life is taken, and another family has to suffer what we are suffering now.

“We need to educate young people early on around the dangers of carrying knives in public places.

“We are pleading with the public to come forward and assist police in their enquiries to find out who murdered our son as we are currently living in a nightmare; our family is incomplete without Jason and will never be the same again.”

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: “This appears to have been an unprovoked, pre-planned attack. Jason, who was unarmed and not looking for trouble, was stabbed multiple times with a large knife.

“Jason was a popular lad who has had his life brutally ended for no reason, leaving his family and friends devastated.”

In London, 18 teenagers have been stabbed to death so far this year. This is the highest since 2008, when there were 23 such killings.

Met Police statistics show a rise in knife crime of nearly 24% from 2015-16 to 2016-17.

:: A 17-year-old male was arrested on Monday and has been bailed until mid-December.