Arrests and injuries update after triple stabbing and gunshot reports in Croydon
Four arrests have been made following a spate of stabbing incidents that happened in Croydon on Monday.
On March, 20 police were called to the scenes of three stabbing incidents in the Croydon area.
On Monday at 4:13pm police were called to the first incident on Elmwood Road.
An 18-year old man was found with a stab injury and was later taken to hospital.
He remains in a critical but stable condition, according to police.
Two other 18-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remain in custody.
At 5:25pm, police were called to the second incident following reports of a group of youths fighting in Church Street.
Two boys, both aged 13, were taken to hospital with stab injuries.
Their injuries were not life-threatening.
Two boys, aged 13 and 14, were arrested; the first on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and affray, and the second on suspicion of affray.
Both currently remain in hospital.
A Section 60 Order granting police additional stop and search powers was put in place following these incidents.
At 9.51pm, police and ambiance crews were called to Cudham Drive following reports that a group of people were “armed with weapons” and damaging a vehicle.
Further calls were received reporting that a man had been “stabbed and shots fired,” however officers found no evidence of a firearm discharge.
Specialist firearms officers attended the scene and on arrival found a man with a minor cut to his hand.
No arrests have currently been made in relation to this incident.
Superintendent Mitch Carr, South Area Command Unit, said: “Croydon residents will rightly be concerned at this spate of unacceptable and shocking violent incidents. We of course share that concern and are doing everything we can to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators.
“A number of people remain in police custody. At this stage in our enquires there is no information to suggest any link between them. They are all being treated as isolated incidents.
“We do not and will not tolerate violence on our streets. Local people can expect to see an enhanced policing presence across the borough, and anyone who has information that could assist us with these investigations is encouraged to report it immediately.”
Anyone with information on the incident in Elmwood Road should call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting the reference. CAD 4785/20MAR.
Anyone with information on the incident in Church Street should call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting the reference CAD 5376/20 Mar.
Anyone with information on the incident in Cudham Drive should call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting the reference CAD: 7521/20 Mar.