Schoolboy, 16, ‘stabbed in chest’ in alleyway by ‘masked man’ in broad daylight

A 16-year-old schoolboy has been stabbed in broad daylight by a busy road in Croydon, south London, with his condition unknown.

Police and paramedics rushed to Purley High Street on Monday afternoon after receiving reports that a teenage boy had been stabbed in the chest.

Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance were there within ten minutes, according to one witness who said that they saw the boy stabbed and then a a masked man ran from the scene, reported MyLondon.

They found the boy on the floor, still in his school uniform and wearing his rucksack, in a small alley between Purley High Street and Brighton Road. Another boy also had a minor head injury.

Brighton Road was closed in both directions at the junction of Whytecliffe Road South in Purley.

Police have said that they have no update yet on the condition of the boy who was stabbed and have not made any arrests so far.

Bloodied clothes were seen lying in the alleyway off Brighton Road which were later taken away by a police forensic team as well as a shoe in an evidence bag.

“As I was walking through on my way back from work, I saw a masked man quickly left the scene. A schoolboy had been stabbed on the lower left side of his chest. Ambulances and an air ambulance arrived within 10 minutes to the scene,” said a bystander who called the ambulance.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “Officers were called to Brighton Road, Purley, on Monday September 12 at 4.46pm to reports of a stabbing.

“Officers attended along with paramedics from London Ambulance Service (LAS). A 16-year-old boy was found with stab wounds. Another 16-year-old boy was found with a minor head injury.

“The boy with stab wounds has been taken to hospital. We await an update on his condition. There have been no arrests. A crime scene has been put in place.”