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Euston Street stabbing: Man who died in hotel named by police

Bright Akinlele Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Bright Akinlele collapsed after he walked into the Wesley Hotel, near London's Euston Station

A man who died in a hotel reception after walking in with stab wounds has been named by police.

Bright Akinlele collapsed after he entered the Wesley Hotel, near London's Euston Station, at about 22:45 GMT on Monday.

Hotel staff called paramedics and tried to help the 22-year-old but he died shortly after 23:30.

Eleven people who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on bail.

The seven women and four men, aged between 19 and 28, were all held at an address in Camden and will return to police on a date in mid-March.

Image caption Eleven people who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed

A post-mortem examination found Mr Akinlele died from a stab wound to the leg.

Although formal identification has not yet taken place, his next of kin have been informed, Scotland Yard said.

Knife crime in London

Between April 2017 to March 2018 the Metropolitan Police recorded 14,707 knife crimes, an eight-year high according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Knife and sharp instrument crimes rising

Yearly offences recorded by Met Police between April 2013 and March 2018

Source: ONS

Across England and Wales there were 285 killings by a knife or sharp instrument in the year ending March 2018, the highest since records began in 1946.

Home Office figures show out of 43 forces, the Met Police saw the highest knife crime offences per head of population between April 2017 and March 2018.

Ten forces with the highest knife crime rates

The number of offences reported for every 100,000 people

Note: Figures for Greater Manchester Police were undercounted until December 2017
Source: Home Office

Last year City of London Police also saw the highest number of knife crimes between 2010 and 2018, with 26 on record.

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