A murder investigation has been launched in Croydon following the fatal stabbing of a teenage boy.
Police were called at 00:46hrs on Thursday, 1 July to reports of a disturbance at a residential address on Bracken Avenue in Shrublands, Croydon.
Officers attended and found a 16-year-old male inside the address suffering from stab wounds. They provided immediate first aid prior to the arrival of the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.
Despite the efforts of emergency services, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene at 01:34hrs.
Next of kin have been informed. We await formal identification.
A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.
At this early stage we retain an open mind concerning motive.
A homicide investigation has been launched, led by Detective Chief Inspector Dave Blair of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, he said: “At this early stage we have two active crime scenes, the address where a young man lost his life and in nearby Warren Street where the vehicle believed to have been used by the suspects was abandoned.
“I thank the local community for their patience while my officers gather evidence and urge anyone who witnessed any stage of this horrific series of events to come forward and speak with officers.”
Chief Superintendent Andy Brittain, in charge of policing in Croydon, said: “I am deeply saddened by the needless loss of yet another young life to knife crime.
“The full circumstances surrounding this incident are yet to be established, but even at this early stage I do know, that this young man being killed inside his family home, will send shockwaves through our community.
“As the investigation gathers steam in Croydon, I thank the local community, particularly those in Shrublands, for their patience as our Homicide Command colleagues continue with their enquiries.
“Our thoughts are with the young man’s family who are being supported by specialist officers and I know that there will be an outpouring of sorrow and support from the community.
“In the coming days you will see a more visible police presence on the streets to offer reassurance and if you have any concerns please speak to officers or contact your local policing team."
A Section 60 has been put in place in until 04:25hrs on Friday, July.
There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.
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