Pictured: Teen stabbed to death in East Croydon - as boy, 16, is arrested

29 January 2020, 05:42

16-year-old Louis Johnson was stabbed to death on Monday
16-year-old Louis Johnson was stabbed to death on Monday. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested by detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a teenager at a packed London train station.

Louis Johnson was stabbed to death in a violent incident that lasted just 40 seconds on Monday afternoon.

The arrested boy, also 16, was picked up by police in Balham in connection with the murder of Mr Johnson, but details of the arrested boy's alleged involvement in the incident have not yet been disclosed.

On Tuesday, Det Ch Insp Sam Blackburn from BTP described the "senseless killing" as "truly devastating".

In response to the attack, BTP and the Met Police increased their patrols in the East Croydon area and a Section 60 order was enforced on Monday evening.

British Transport Police said Mr Johnson came into East Croydon station at around 4.30pm through the Ruskin Square ticket barrier, and was attacked minutes later.

While he was on the overbridge in the station he met someone who immediately pulled out a knife and stabbed him, the BTP said.

Emergency services were called at around 4.45pm, but despite the efforts of medics, including an air ambulance team, he died.