Boy, 15, is arrested after teenage girls were stabbed in the arm and leg on their way to school in Croydon
- Two schoolgirls were attacks while walking to lessons in Croydon last week
- One was approached by a stranger and stabbed in the arm and went to hospital
- A second was approached and stabbed in the leg but survived her injuries
- A boy, 15, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday by police after the attacks
A 15-year-old schoolboy has been arrested after two teenage girls were stabbed while they walked to school in south London.
The teenager was arrested in the early hours of Sunday in Croydon after the separate attacks.
On Friday, a 15-year-old girl was approached by a stranger and stabbed in the arm.
A 15-year-old schoolboy has been arrested after two teenage girls were stabbed while they walked to school in south London. Police had earlier released CCTV footage (pictured) of a suspect walking away from the attack
She was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where her condition was deemed not life threatening.
It followed an incident on Wednesday where another 15-year-old girl was approached and stabbed in the leg.
She was taken to hospital but her injuries were also not life-threatening.
The teenager was arrested on Sunday at a residential address and is now in custody at a south London police station.
The victims both go to separate schools and at this stage it is not thought they are known to each other.
The teenager was arrested in the early hours of Sunday in Croydon after the separate attacks. Pictured: CCTV footage released by the Metropolitan Police
Footage of a suspect jogging away from the scene of Friday’s attack had been released by Metropolitan Police.
Detective Inspector David Adams of South Area Command said: ‘These attacks are almost identical in nature and I am confident that they are linked.
‘I have taken the decision to release a clip that was captured by a witness to the second incident and appeal for the community to tell us who this individual is.
‘We are doing everything they can to identify and apprehend this suspect and enhanced patrols are being conducted in the area at the start and end of the school day.’
Anyone who witnessed the incidents or has information should call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 1294/06NOV.