Shrublands murder: Police make second arrest following Croydon fatal stabbing

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Shrublands estate, Croydon ( )
Shrublands estate, Croydon ( )

A second man has been arrested following the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old boy in Croydon in the early hours of Thursday.

Detectives investigating the murder arrested an 18-year-old man at a property in Brierley Hill, in the West Midlands, today and he remains in custody.

It follows the arrest of a boy, 15, in East Sussex on Friday, who also remains in custody and has now been transferred to a police station in south London.

Police were called at 12.46am on Thursday (July 1) to Bracken Avenue in Shrublands, Croydon, where they found a teenage boy with stab wounds.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.34am despite first aid from police officers, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.

The victim’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, while post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

Metropolitan Police detectives are keeping “an open mind concerning [the] motive”, according to a police spokesperson.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Blair, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Our investigation is gathering pace but though we have made our second arrest, we still want to hear from anyone who has information relating to this horrific loss of a young life.

“Have you heard something that could assist my officers? Did you see something that could help?

“If you know anything, no matter how small it may seem, please do the right thing and get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4961, call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 249/1JUL.

To remain 100% anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers_uk.org.

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