A murder investigation is underway after a young man was found with stab wounds around just as the rush hour started on Monday at East Croydon Train station.
It happened just after 4.30pm and British Transport Police believe the attack took place near the back entrance to the station near Ruskin Square.
Ambulances and an air ambulance were called to the scene and paramedics performed CPR but the 16-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Formal identification still needs to take place.
Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn, who is leading the BTP investigation, said: “This was a senseless killing at an extremely busy time of the day.
“The incident was over within a matter of 40 seconds, but I know many other passengers or members of the public would have seen what happened.”
Police are appealing for witnesses. BTP and teams from the Metropolitan Police in Croydon are urgently trying to gather information. Section 60 Stop and Search powers have been authorised for the borough.
Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones said: “This brutal loss of a young life is another reminder that tackling violence must be our highest priority at every level of government and across communities”.
There is an increased presence of police in the area and at the station. The back entrance staircases are still shut off to the public whilst the investigation takes place. There are reports from one member of the public that the attacker was brandishing a machete.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan expressed his condolences. He said he was “deeply saddened to learn a young man lost his life”.