Man stabbed as he smoked in Southwark police say

Police officers in Borough High Street
Image caption The stabbing happened near St Christopher's Inn

Police believe a man killed in central London was having a cigarette in an alleyway with a friend when he was fatally stabbed.

The 34-year-old was stabbed at about 23:45 GMT on Friday in Borough High Street near a hostel, the Metropolitan Police said.

He was taken to Royal London Hospital where he later died.

A group of men was seen running away from the scene, police said.

Officers believe they know the victim's identity and his family has been informed.

Det Chief Insp John Sandlin said he wanted to identify the men seen running from St Christopher's Inn along Borough High Street towards Elephant and Castle.

A post-mortem examination will be held at Greenwich Public Mortuary on Sunday.

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