Police cordon

A murder investigation is underway after a man was stabbed to death in north London in the early hours of Saturday (22 October) morning. Vincent Harvey, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene following the stabbing in Station Road, Wood Green, close to Tottenham Hotspur's football ground in White Hart Lane.

The stabbing took a place outside a "problematic" pub with a long history of violence, fighting and aggressive behaviour. London's Metropolitan Police are looking for witnesses to come forward.

A spokesman for the force said: "A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Wood Green in the early hours of Saturday, 22 October.

"Police were called at around 3.20am that day to reports of a stabbing in Station Road, outside the Jolly Anglers public house.

"Officers and London Ambulance Service attended but the victim, a 33-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed.

"Whilst formal identification awaits, officers can confirm the deceased is Vincent Harvey. A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course."

Haringey Council had previously threatened to revoke the Jolly Anglers' alcohol licence if it did not stamp out the violence at the venue.

Councillors described it as a "hotbed for anti-social behaviour, petty and serious crime" and said the venue "has been problematic for some time," reported the Tottenham and Wood Green Journal.

Nearby residents told the publication that aggressive behaviour, litter, vomit, arguing and break-ins were all a "near-nightly occurrence".

The venue shuts at 3am on Saturday morning and detectives from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command said that a number of people would have seen the stabbing.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: "It has been established there was a large number of people in and around the Jolly Anglers pub at the time Vincent was stabbed.

"It is vital that anyone who saw this incident, or the events leading up to the incident, get in contact with police.

"While work continues to piece together Vincent's movements prior to his murder, I would directly appeal witnesses to come forward and speak to officers - you may hold invaluable information to assist us in this investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to call 020 8785 8099 or the police non-emergency line on 101.

Local residents tweeted on the situation.