A 15 year-old boy has been taken into emergency care after he was stabbed in Shadwell this morning.
Police officers responded to reports of the stabbing outside Newton House, Cornwall Street, E1, at 8:32am on Thursday 5 October and found the teenager with knife injuries.
Metropolitan Police detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
An officer on the scene told ELL that the boys injuries are unlikely to be life threatening.
An eyewitness told ELL what they saw of the incident: “I could hear a lot of noise going on. I saw a boy being attacked by about four older boys, they were all in school uniform.
“The boys ran off, I approached the boy, I asked him if he was okay. He had blood over his face, he said he thinks he might have been stabbed in his leg. On the back of his leg there was a rip and I could see the blood.”
The eyewitness told ELL that the boy was “terrified” and ran away from them as they tried to offer help.
The London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance also attended the scene and moved the boy to a hospital in East London.
Neighbourhoods Superintendent Jai Singh of the Met’s Central East Command said: “I know that the community will be shocked by this incident.
“Please be assured that we share your concerns and we are investigating a number of lines of enquiry to establish the circumstances of the incident and identify those responsible.”
Singh said that local officers remain at the crime scene and enhanced patrols will take place with the aim of reassuring the community. He encouraged people to approach officers with their concerns.
The officer on the scene told ELL that Criminal Investigation Department (CID) units have been working with local schools to reassure the community.
No arrests have been made so far.