Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after a teenager was left fighting for his life following a stabbing in Southwark.
Police were called at approximately 22:10hrs on 6 October to reports of a male stabbed in Druid Street, SE1.
Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found a 16-year-old boy suffering stab injuries. He was taken to a south London hospital for treatment where he remains in a serious condition.
The investigation, which is being led by detectives based at Walworth police station, has so far led officers to believe the attack happened after one group of young males pursued another group down Druid Street.
It is thought this resulted in an ambush on the victim who was then stabbed. Several large weapons are believed to have been present.
The victim was with several others on the night of the incident, and a number of people were in the area around the time he was stabbed. Any witnesses or anyone with information are being encouraged to come forward to help the investigating team, or anonymously if they do not feel comfortable talking to police.
One man has been charged with section 18 grievous bodily harm in connection with this incident.
Another man, who was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent, has been released on bail.
Detective Constable Sascha Eady said: “We are working incredibly hard to piece together the events of that night and the incident that resulted in a savage attack on a teenage boy.
“A young man is in a serious condition in hospital and we urge those currently withholding information to assist us in any way they can.
“We are aware there has been a lot of discussion about the incident on social media and we want to reach out to anyone who can help with our enquiries.
“If you do not want to speak to us directly, please contact Fearless or Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously.”
Contact police on 101, quoting CAD 7473/06OCT19 or tweet @MetCC. Alternatively, all Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where your information will be passed to officers but you will remain 100 per cent anonymous.
If there are any young people who either have information about violence or knife crime, they can visit fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.
If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is involved in knife crime, or you want assistance yourself, then you can visit www.knifefree.co.uk or LondonNeedsYouAlive