A man was fatally stabbed and killed and ten others injured after a night of serious violence in Croydon yesterday evening (Friday, January 5).
Police imposed a Section 60 Order on the Croydon until 8am on Saturday in response to the violence, which took the form in a series of stabbings that left two other men fighting for their lives in hospital.
The man fatally stabbed was found by emergency responders on Wisbeach Road in Croydon where police were called at 8.08pm.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
His next of kin have been informed.
Another man was also found at the scene and rushed to hospital with stab injuries.
That incident was just one in a series of stabbing scenes the Met Police and London Ambulance Service (LAS) paramedics were rushed to over a frantic 2-3 hour period in South London.
Police said the first call they received in the wave of stabbings came around 6.56pm, where they attended Chapman Road in Croydon to reports of a stabbing.
A man apparently suffering from stab wounds was found, with his condition later assessed as not life-threatening in hospital.
Just moments later, four other men “all aged in their 20s, presented to a south London hospital suffering from stab and slash injuries.
“One of those males is at this time believed to be in a life-threatening condition,” a spokesperson for the Met Police said.
Two more incidents were reported around two hours later, as the spokesperson described in a public appeal released by the Met late on Friday night:
“Police were called at 20:51hrs to a south London hospital, after two males presented with stab injuries.
“The condition of one of the males at this time is being treated as life-threatening.
“Police were called at 21:12hrs to Dingwall Road, Croydon, to reports of a stabbing.
“A male has been arrested on suspicion of GBH. The victim too has been arrested; at this stage it is not thought that the victim’s condition is life-threatening.”
Police said Friday night there were “no information at this stage” to suggest the stabbings were linked.
Detective Superintendent Nicky Arrowsmith meanwhile described the night’s events as “abhorrent” as she urged anyone with information about what happened to come forward:
“Sadly, tonight we have seen a number of needless and completely abhorrent violent altercations, including one that has tragically resulted in a loss of life,” she said.
“Officers will be on patrol throughout the night across the South Area Command Unit, with additional resources from the Violent Crime Taskforce and Territorial Support Group deployed to deter and prevent any further violence.
“A Section 60 Order granting police additional stop and search powers is in place across Croydon, until 08:00hrs on Saturday, 6 February.
“Tackling violent crime in London remains the top priority for everyone in the Metropolitan Police Service…But we are not complacent and cannot do this alone.
“We work closely with our communities as they are key to understanding and knowing what is occurring locally.
“We need to hear from anyone who has information about crime, those who carry a weapon, or those who exploit others for gain or revenge, while putting young people’s lives at risk- we need this information to help keep London safe.”
If you are worried about someone, advice and support is available through organisations including Knife Free: https://www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support/ and Fearless: https://www.fearless.org/en.