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Friday, 6 March 2020

A murder investigation has been launched after a 19 year old stabbed last weekend in Kingston has died in hospital.

Archie Beston from Barnes died earlier today.

Police were called at around 3:40am last Saturday to reports of an incident in Wood Street.

Four men have been arrested in connection with the attack and two were subsequently charged.

Detective Chief Inspector Helen Rance, who is leading the investigation, said: “Archie’s family have been left utterly devastated by the sudden loss of their son, who was very much loved and had his whole life ahead of him. We know that there are a number of people who witnessed the incident outside John Lewis in Kingston on the early hours on Saturday morning. I am urging anyone who has any information or mobile phone footage to come forward so we can identify those who committed this horrendous attack.

Sally Benatar, the South West Commander, said: “This is a senseless and tragic loss of a young life and my thoughts are with Archie’s family and friends at this very sad time. We are determined to work with our communities and local partners to do everything we can to take weapons off the streets of south west London and to prevent violence in all its forms.”

Archie’s family said: “Archie was loved by everyone who knew him. He was a family boy, so happy and loved to enjoy life. He was sweet natured and popular, he had no enemies and always helped anyone. He planned to travel the world and go to Ibiza to work this summer, he couldn’t wait. Anyone who knew Archie would know that he has never been in any trouble or known to the police, and tragically he appears to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time on the early hours of Saturday morning. He was so innocent. Please, if anyone has any information to help the police investigate what has happened, please come forward. He was our whole world.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information are asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4266 or contact via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at
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