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The 21-year-old victim died five days after being stabbedGetty Images

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was fatally stabbed next to a shopping centre in south-east London. The 21-year-old victim died on Thursday morning (5 May) having been in a critical condition since the attack at the weekend.

The London Ambulance Service were called to reports of the stabbing in Molesworth Street, Lewisham, at 8.40pm on Saturday (30 April). Paramedics took the seriously injured victim – who has not yet been identified – to a south London hospital.

He remained in critical condition until his death at 8.25am on Thursday. The next of kin have been informed.

No arrests have been made and the Met Police has launched a murder investigation. Detectives are asking any witnesses or anyone with any information to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3775 or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

It comes a month after police launched another murder investigation in Lewisham following the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old boy.

In 2015, 15 teenagers were killed by knife crime in London – the highest level in seven years. Lewisham saw 429 stabbings between 2012 and 2014 – the ninth highest out of all London boroughs.