Dad stabbed to death after popping out for cigarettes in first London ‘murder’ of 2022

A dad was stabbed to death while popping out for cigarettes in London’s first suspected murder of 2022.

While formal identification awaits, police have named the victim of the fatal stabbing in West Drayton as Dariusz Wolosz, who lived locally.

Police were called at 00.12am on Tuesday by the London Ambulance Service to reports of a stabbing on the High Street in Yiewsley.

It is believed Dariusz was attacked by a group of ‘teenagers’ on Tavistock Road following an argument.

Officers rushed to the scene and joined paramedics who were treating a man found with stab wounds.

Despite their best efforts, the 46 year-old Polish national was pronounced dead at 00.43am.

According to his daughter he had just gone to the nearby shops to get some cigarettes and was on his way home when he was killed.

Detectives have appealed for witnesses and those with dash cam footage to come forward as the victim’s family continue to be supported by specialist officers.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be held at Fulham Mortuary on Thursday morning.

At this early stage there have been no arrests, a police statement said.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, Specialist Crime, who is leading the investigation, said: “We believe Dariusz was attacked by a group of males in Tavistock Road following a verbal dispute. The group then fled in different directions.

“The area was busy at the time with passing traffic and people driving past could well have captured dash cam footage of the incident, and the moments leading up to it.

“Dariusz’ family are distraught and we are doing everything we can to support them at this time. We need the public’s help now to find those responsible.

“I urge local people to check any doorbell and dash cameras to check them; you may have captured something that could be very significant for us.”