A teenage girl was stabbed to death in Croydon this morning (September 27).
A Met Police spokesperson said the force was called at 8.30am to Wellesley Road, with footage online showing a number of emergency vehicles, including the London Ambulance Service, in attendance.
The 15-year-old died at 9.21am. A crime scene remains in place.
A teenage male has been arrested in connection with the stabbing, with police saying it is believed he may have known the victim.
Chief Superintendent Andy Brittain, in charge of local policing, said: “Our immediate thoughts are with this young girl’s family who are facing the most tragic of news. Our officers are with the girl’s family to support them.
“I am in contact with the local community, who are clearly as concerned as we are about this tragic incident. I shall continue to update them throughout the day.
“My officers were immediately on scene to provide first aid and support paramedics.
“Acting on information provided to them, officers also worked closely with colleagues from across the Met and the British Transport Police to track a teenager in connection with the stabbing.
“I can confirm that an arrest was made at about 9.45am in the Croydon area. At this early stage we believe that he may have known her.
“A crime scene will be in place for some time, and I am grateful for the cooperation of residents.”
Croydon North MP Steve Reed posted on X: “My heart and thoughts are with this young girl’s family and friends. Another tragic, shocking and avoidable loss of life. Many thanks to the emergency services providing assistance in such difficult circumstances. Just heartbreaking.”
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said in a statement: “I am absolutely heartbroken by the death of a 15-year-old girl in Croydon this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with this young girl’s family and friends, and the whole community, at this unimaginably awful time.”
Mr Khan added he is in “close contact” with the Met Commissioner, and promised to work “day and night to end the scourge of knife crime in our city”.
Police are asking anyone who witnessed the attack or has any information to contact the force via 101 quoting reference CAD 1601/27Sep.
To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.