Police have released new information in connection with a stabbing incident in Pollards Hill last week which saw a 16-year-old boy taken to hospital with wounds in his arm and back.
Officers have confirmed they first attended the home address of another teenager robbed during the attack in Aurelia Road, Croydon, where he had gone to get clothes after using his t-shirt to stem his friend’s bleeding.
Paramedics and police then accompanied him to the scene of the incident near the New Horizon Centre in Pollards Hill, at about 5.15pm on Monday, June 23.
Police arrested a 14-year-old girl from Streatham on suspicion of robbery following the incident, but no other arrests have been made.
The following morning, officers erected an airport style search arch and bag search station outside Harris Academy Merton, in Wide Way as part of an ongoing initiative to deter young people from carrying knives.
Police search pupils for knives outside Harris Academy Merton
Leo Gilbert, principal of Harris Academy Merton said: "My first duty is to ensure that all members of the Academy community feel safe. We work closely with local police from time to time, carrying out these searches to show that our students do not carry weapons. Not once in six years have any weapons been found."
He said the surprise searches take place two or three times a year and are usually planned in advance.