Man dead and nine injured following spate of stabbings in south London

5 February 2021, 23:50 | Updated: 6 February 2021, 17:03

General view of the scene of a fatal stabbing at flats on Wisbeach Road, in Croydon, London
General view of the scene of a fatal stabbing at flats on Wisbeach Road, in Croydon, London. Picture: PA

By Maddie Goodfellow

One man was killed and ten others injured amid a spate of stabbings in south London on Friday night.

Officers were called to five reports of stabbings in the Croydon area between 6.56pm and 9.12pm on Friday, Metropolitan Police said.

One of two men reported to have been injured at a property in Wisbeach Road, Croydon, was found dead at the scene.

The Met said the incidents are being treated as isolated.

A section 60 order granting police additional stop and search powers was in place across Croydon until 8am on Saturday, Detective Superintendent Nicky Arrowsmith said.

The force said a group of males attended an address in Wisbeach Road and the victim was stabbed in an altercation.

The 22-year-old was found by officers shortly after 8.10pm and despite treatment from London Ambulance Service was pronounced dead at the scene an hour later.

His next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

No arrests have been made in connection with the murder probe.

The other incidents will be investigated by local officers from the South Area Basic Command Unit. None of those injured in these incidents are in a life threatening condition.

Police were called at 6.56pm on Friday to reports of a man suffering a stab injury at a residential address in Chapman Road, Croydon.

He was taken to hospital for treatment – his condition is not life threatening.

At 7.15pm, four men – all aged in their 20s – attended a south London hospital suffering stab injuries after an altercation in the Penwortham Road area of SW16. None of their injuries are life threatening and there have been no arrests.

At 8.51pm, police received a report of two men – both aged in their 30s – attending a south London hospital with stab injuries.

It is believed both men sustained their injuries during an incident in Jay Gardens, Chislehurst. Neither man’s injuries are life threatening. There have been no arrests.

At 9.12pm, police were called to an address in Dingwall Road, Croydon.

A man, aged in his 40s, was found suffering a stab wound. He was taken to hospital for treatment where he remains – his condition is not life threatening. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of affray.

A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH and remains in custody.

Police asked anyone with information that could help officers investigating these incidents to make contact.

Gold Commander for London this weekend, Ade Adelekan, said: “While work continues to investigate the motivation and circumstances of these four incidents, I can say that they are being treated as isolated.

“However, that does not make this series of violent incidents any less shocking and I understand that residents in and around the areas where these incidents occurred will be rightly concerned.

“Extra resources were deployed last night and will continue to be deployed over the weekend. I would ask people to speak to those officers if you have any concerns or please call 101.

“Violence has no place on our streets and I want to reassure Londoners that our officers will work tirelessly to locate and apprehend those responsible.”