Police are appealing for information after the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy in Lewisham yesterday (September 26) afternoon.
Officers were called to Lewisham Shopping Centre at 4.40pm where the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, reportedly collapsed after sustaining stab wounds to the neck.
The shopping centre was evacuated by police after the incident.
His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, but he is receiving treatment in an east London hospital.
Many Twitter users expressed their shock at the incident. One user, Simon Paulter, wrote:
“First a stabbing earlier in a Lewisham shopping centre and now this in East Ham. Has life in this city become so cheap @MayorofLondon ?”
Another user, Abi Parker, tweeted about the frustration felt in the borough over numerous incidents of knife crime:
“Im sick of hearing of kids being stabbed.. Here’s a thought lewisham.. Stop f*cking stabbing eachother!”
No formal arrests have been made yet and police are appealing to the public for information.
Detective Sergeant Jo Ross, the investigating officer, said in a statement:
“We are appealing for anyone who was in or around the area at the time of the incident, who may or seen or heard anything to contact us.”
This comes in the wake of the murder of 19-year-old Andrew Oteng-Owusu, who was stabbed in Sharrat Street in Lewisham last month, before succumbing to his injuries at Kings Cross Hospital.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information are asked to contact DS Ross on 020 8247 4863, or Trident via 101. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.