A man who was stabbed to death on Boxing Day has been named.

Michael John Murphy, 49, was found with stab injuries after police were called to Cranwood Street, Shoreditch, on Tuesday (December 26) at 3.10am.

Despite the efforts of emergency services at the scene, he died from his injuries.

The Metropolitan Police says that Michael’s next of kin has been informed and his family continue to be supported by specially trained officers.

Police believe an argument involving up to ten people led to the knife attack.

Hackney Gazette: Forensic investigators at Cranwood StreetForensic investigators at Cranwood Street (Image: PA)

Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Allen from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “We are continuing to piece together the events that led to Michael sustaining his injuries and would appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything in the Cranwood Street area on Boxing Day morning to come forward.

“Our initial enquiries have confirmed there was an argument in the street in the moments prior to Michael being stabbed involving a group of up to ten people which local residents may have heard.

“Work is ongoing to identify those involved and I would ask anyone who can help us to do this to get in touch.”

Hackney Gazette: The crime scene at Cranwood StreetThe crime scene at Cranwood Street (Image: PA)

Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway, who is responsible for policing in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, said: “Our thoughts are with Michael’s family at this unimaginably difficult time. That this tragedy occurred over the Christmas period will be shocking to many and I reiterate DCI Allen’s appeal for witnesses who were in the area to come forwards.

“Specialist detectives, supported by local officers from Hackney, have been at the scene since this incident carrying out vital evidence-gathering work. Their presence has caused disruption to residents in the area and I would like to thank everyone for their patience and support while this work is carried out.

“Local officers will continue to patrol in around the area; if you have concerns please speak to them or contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team.”

Four people, two men aged 49 and 42, and two women aged 35 and 44, were arrested on suspicion of murder but have been released with no further action.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact them on 101 quoting CAD669/26Dec. Anonymous tips can be sent to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.