Thornton Heath stabbing: Man fighting for life after being repeatedly knifed in south London

Fiona Simpson, Sean Morrison
Attempted murder: A man was found with several knife wounds in Bensham Lane, Thornton Heath: Google maps

A man is fighting for life after being repeatedly stabbed and left for dead by thugs in south London.

The victim, aged 23, was found by police bleeding heavily with multiple stab wounds in Thornton Heath, Croydon on Wednesday.

Two men are believed to have fled the scene shortly after the attack at around 8.30pm, Scotland Yard said.

The victim was found at Bensham Lane, close to the junction with Lodge Road, but is believed to have been knifed in nearby Kelling Gardens.

He is currently in a critical condition at a south London hospital, police said.

Detectives are hunting two men believed to be involved in the attack, which is being treated as attempted murder.

The first suspect is described as a black man, of a heavy build and approximately 5ft 6ins tall. He was wearing a dark puffer jacket and dark trousers.

The second suspect is described as a black man, with a slim/average build and approximately 5ft 5ins tall. He was also wearing a dark puffer jacket and dark trousers.

A Met Police spokesman said: “Detectives from Croydon CID are investigating and believe the victim was attacked by two male suspects who then ran along Bensham Lane towards Cameron Road.

“They are eager to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or has information on the two men who fled the scene shortly after.”

Anyone who witnessed the stabbing or has any information is asked to contact detectives at Croydon CID on 101 or via Twitter @MetCC.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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