Croydon stabbing: Boy, 16, knifed in busy shopping arcade after school

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A teenager was rushed to hospital after being stabbed in a busy shopping arcade at school closing time. 

The victim, 16, was attacked on St George’s Walk in Croydon at about 3.40pm yesterday.

Bystander Kate Hill, 28, told the Croydon Advertiser she had heard a girl repeatedly shouting “but you stabbed him” to a male who was trying to rip a rucksack from her back, as another teenager sat clutching his abdomen nearby. 

The injured youngster was rushed to hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The attack occurred as Labour MP Steve Reed, who represents neighbouring Croydon North, was in a meeting seeking more help to tackle knife crime in the south London borough. 

At 3.33pm the MP tweeted: “Meeting with London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing to ask for more support to stop rising knife & violent gang crime in Croydon.” 

The eastern end of the arcade was cordoned off for several house following the attack.

A member of staff at a nearby fast food restaurant, who asked not to be named, said: “The first I knew about it was when the ambulance arrived. It was just after school broke up – we heard the victim is just 15 years old.”

A Met spokeswoman said: “Police were called at around 15:40hrs on Tuesday, 11 July to reports of a stabbing in St George’s Walk, Croydon. 

“The London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance also attended.

“A male, aged 16, was taken to hospital by LAS. His injuries are described as not life threatening or life changing.

“There have been no arrests at this stage.”

Recent figures show knife crime in Croydon is on the rise: there were 175 stabbings in the area in 2016, and 32 people were knifed in the first two months of this year.

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