14-year-old stabbed in West Croydon

Poplar Walk and North End, near to West Croydon train station. Pic: Google 2017

A 14-year-old boy is in a life threatening condition after being stabbed in the neck in South London on Friday.

Metropolitan Police officers were called at 4.30pm to reports of school pupils fighting at the junction between Poplar Walk and North End, near to West Croydon train station.

According to the Croydon Advertiser, an employee of Everyday’s Restaurant said around “15 young people were involved in the fight, with some of them wearing school uniforms”.

Police were seen attending to a figure on the pavement before emergency services arrived shortly after. Forensic teams arrived at the crime scene later that evening.

Transport for London tweeted a “Police Incident” had caused buses to be diverted around the immediate area.

Four youths, all described as teenage males, were arrested on a 198 bus in nearby London Road, close to the junction with Montague Road.

In a statement, the Met Police said: “They were all arrested on suspicion of affray in connection with the incident and taken to a south London police station. They have since been released on bail to a date in late March pending further enquiries.”

A weapon was found and recovered in West Croydon Bus Station, the statement added. “It will be sent for forensic examination to see if it is connected to the attack.”

The motive for the attack is unclear although some reports suggested it may have been gang related.

The Trident and Area Crime Command is now investigating.. Detectives are appealing to anyone who may have information about the incident to come forward.

Anyone that can assist the investigation can contact Trident detectives via 101, or by tweeting @MetCC

To give information anonymously Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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