A manhunt is underway after a young boy was stabbed in south London yesterday evening.
The boy, 14, was knifed shortly before 5.30pm in Gloucester Road, Croydon, close to Selhurst Railway Station.
Police revealed that they are looking for witnesses who may have seen someone running away from the scene shortly after the stabbing.
They discovered the boy lying on the street and gave him first aid until ambulance crews took him to a nearby hospital.
His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and police have increased the number of uniformed patrols in the area.
Witnesses said the boy was stabbed in the back and the head.
A man close to the scene said: ‘A young lad was near the park when he was stabbed in the head and back and somewhere else on his body.
‘The lad seems to be talking and police are there.’
Police said in a statement: ‘[officers] like to speak with anyone who witnessed the stabbing which took place in broad daylight not far from Selhurst Railway Station. Did you see someone running away?
‘There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.’
In 2016 Scotty Kouebitra, 22, was murdered on the same road after being chased through a park and stabbed with a screwdriver in his neck and heart.
He had been setting off fireworks with friends before a group of men in balaclavas and hoodies poured out of two cars with knives and baseball bats.
They attacked three men close to King George’s Field before stabbing Mr Kouebitra to death on Gloucester Road.
Jack Harvey, 17, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the murder. Fellow attacker Jahliel Rose, 21, of Bensham Grove, Thornton Heath, was sentenced to life in prison for his part in the senseless murder of Mr Kouebitra, for which the judge could see ‘no clear motive’.