A murder investigation has been opened after a teenage boy was stabbed to death at a busy London train station.
The victim has been named locally as 16-year-old Louis Johnson, though formal identification has not yet taken place.
Police say he arrived at East Croydon station at around 4.30pm on Monday and moments later, while he was on the overbridge in the station, he met someone who immediately stabbed him in a 40 second attack.
Emergency services were called at around 4.45pm but despite the efforts of medics, including an air ambulance team, he died shortly after.
Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn said: “This was a senseless killing at an extremely busy time of the day, and my thoughts are with Louis’s family at this painfully difficult time.
“For such a young man to lose his life in these circumstances is truly devastating, and I would like to reassure everyone that a thorough investigation is well underway.”
Passers-by took to Twitter to call for an end to the violence seen on the UK’s streets.
One said his friend had seen the attack and was “traumatised”, adding that “this world is mad”.
Another account commented that it was “not just a gang problem, it’s a society problem”.
DCI Blackburn also appealed for anyone with information, including mobile phone or dashcam footage, to contact police “as a matter of urgency”.
“The incident was over within a matter of 40 seconds, but I know many other passengers or members of the public would have seen what happened,” he added.
British Transport Police (BTP) said patrols will be increased across the area “to help reassure the travelling public”.
You can contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 395 of 27/01/2020. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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