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Five teenagers arrested in Edgware murder investigation

Stefan Valentine Balaban died in Whitchurch Lane early on Friday morning after being stabbed

Stefan Valentine Balaban, who died on Whitchurch Lane Edgware on Friday 28th July after being found with a stab injury
Stefan Valentine Balaban, who died in Edgware on Friday – (Credit – Met Police)

Five teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old man in Edgware on Friday. 

Stefan Valentine Balaban died on Friday (28th July) after police were called shortly after 1am to reports of a man suffering a stab injury in Whitchurch Lane. He was treated by ambulance services but died at the scene. 

A post-mortem examination held on Saturday, 29th July gave cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

The boys – [A], [B], [C] and [D], all aged 16, and [E] aged 17 – were all arrested on suspicion of murder in north London this morning. Stefan’s family have been informed of this development. 


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Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, who is leading the investigation, said: “My thoughts are with Stefan’s family as they come to terms with this awful news. We will do everything we can to support them and bring whoever is responsible to justice.

“These arrests mark significant progress in what is a fast-moving investigation. We believe there are outstanding suspects and our work to trace those people continues.

“Our work is far from finished and we need the public’s help. I remain keen to hear from anyone who has information, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem.

“I would also like to hear from any drivers who were passing through the area and have dash cam footage to come forward.”

Information can be provided to the incident room by calling 020 8358 0100. Alternatively, call 101 quoting CAD 334/28Jul.


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