Two arrested after boy, 16, stabbed in Croydon dies of his injuries

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A police officer (PA Archive)
A police officer (PA Archive)

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old boy in Thornton Heath have arrested two men in connection with the murder investigation.

The suspects, aged 19 and 22, were arrested at an address in Croydon on Monday.

The teenager was arrested on suspicion of murder while the other man was arrested for the same charge as well as suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Both men remain in custody at a south London police station.

The arrests come shortly after an investigation was launched following the stabbing of the teenager on Bensham Manor Road near the junction with Swain Road in Thornton Heath on July 9 at 2.45pm.

The victim had been taken to the hospital in a private vehicle by members of the public before police were called by staff at the hospital to reports of a man suffering from stab wounds.

Despite medical efforts the 16-year-old died in hospital two days later. His next of kin have been informed and enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn, said: “I am directly appealing for information from anyone who may have witnessed the incident and is able to help us with our enquiries.

“We believe the victim was stabbed in Bensham Manor Road following an incident with two people riding a moped. As such, we are also urging people to think back and consider if they may have seen the moped before or after the stabbing or have knowledge of the incident. No matter how insignificant the information may seem to you, please contact the police as soon as possible.

“I appreciate the local community’s support and understanding while we continue to conduct our enquiries.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote reference CAD 4198/09JUL. Alternatively, to remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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