Witnesses describe horror in Croydon Whitgift Centre after two boys stabbed

Croydon Guardian: The scene of the stabbing in the Whitgift Centre The scene of the stabbing in the Whitgift Centre

Eye witnesses have described how people rushed to help a teenager who was stabbed in the Whitgift Centre last night during a fight.

Police were called to the shopping centre at 6.09pm yesterday to reports of a stabbing.

London Ambulance Service also attended and two boys aged 16 and 17 were taken to hospital with stab wounds.

One of the boys was taken to St Georges Hospital with serious injuries, the other was taken to Croydon University Hospital.

They are currently both in a stable condition.

One 20-year-old shop worker said a fight broke out outside Yoke Menswear as a group of boys attacked another boy.

He said what looked like the boy’s friends came to help him and a melee took place which is when the stabbings happened.

He said the attackers then fled, with one of the boys, who had a cut to his face, running after them.

The other boy was more seriously wounded and he collapsed outside Lyons Jewellers.

The shop worker said: “I heard them scream and shout that they had to get out of here.

“I went out with a first aid kit to try and help him and one of the girls from the hairdressers took some towels over.

“There was a lot of people around him and security and his friends were telling people to move back so he had some space.

“There was a lot of blood on the floor but he was responsive and was sitting up.”

He added: “They seemed like school kids as they were not that old but this is something you see more often in Croydon now.”

According to another source, a woman came back into the shopping centre after hearing the alleged attackers on the bus talking about it.

She gave descriptions of the boys and the bus number they were on.

A Whitgift Centre spokesman said: “The shopping centre’s pre-planned incident response procedure was activated and members of Whitgift Shopping Centre’s security team were in attendance.

“Part of the Centre was closed with emergency services notified, and the Police took control of the incident thereafter. The centre fully opened as normal this morning.

“As this is now a Police matter, the Whitgift Shopping Centre cannot comment further.”

Detectives from Croydon police are investigating. No arrests have been made.

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12:04pm Thu 16 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

Croydon does love a gang! - but i suppose gangs are cool these days.

Nothing cool about studying hard at school, nothing cool about working - we can import people to work!

More unemployment and less prospects in Hull, Middlesborough, sheffield etc. But no Knife gangs. Is it just a London thing?
Croydon does love a gang! - but i suppose gangs are cool these days. Nothing cool about studying hard at school, nothing cool about working - we can import people to work! More unemployment and less prospects in Hull, Middlesborough, sheffield etc. But no Knife gangs. Is it just a London thing? G_Whiz
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10:12pm Thu 16 Jan 14

motomoto says...

charlotte L is right.......it's a "gangster rap rude boy rubbish" thing !
charlotte L is right.......it's a "gangster rap rude boy rubbish" thing ! motomoto
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10:38am Fri 24 Jan 14

estateagent says...

Who in their right mind would travel from outside this hole of an area to go shopping in their main shopping centre? All this talk about big names going to Croydon when shoppers are confronted with this kind of thing happening?
Croydon is a third world hole of a place and most people know who is responsible for it!
Those old Tories who live in the area now know their shopping centre is just a playground for gangs and thugs to roam around in it, while they pretend there is not problems and shootings, stabbings, are very rare things! You cant polish a turd is the old saying! lol
Who in their right mind would travel from outside this hole of an area to go shopping in their main shopping centre? All this talk about big names going to Croydon when shoppers are confronted with this kind of thing happening? Croydon is a third world hole of a place and most people know who is responsible for it! Those old Tories who live in the area now know their shopping centre is just a playground for gangs and thugs to roam around in it, while they pretend there is not problems and shootings, stabbings, are very rare things! You cant polish a turd is the old saying! lol estateagent
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12:23pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Liberals are deluded says...

What a vile 3rd world cess Pitt croydonistan now is. Personally I would let these sub human primates carry on stabbing each other until they're all wiped out.
What a vile 3rd world cess Pitt croydonistan now is. Personally I would let these sub human primates carry on stabbing each other until they're all wiped out. Liberals are deluded
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5:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Palace76 says...

Once upon a time Croydon was a nice place to live. Now it is a crap hole. Ten years ago the place was quite clean. Yes you had the odd 'hard man' with his little joeys running around after him to do his dirty work, but generally crime was pretty low. There was lots of small independent shops. The town wasn't over populated, any immigrants who moved to the town tried to mingle and were part of the community, and things were generally nice.

Now the council rates for the shops are to high, so shops that had been there for twenty odd years are forced to close down, and so in move those horrid cheap clothes shops that last a month and move on. We have Luna House which has more and move asylum seekers lined up outside it. We have families who have lived in the area for generations forced to move out of their homes because of housing benefit cuts, and so instead of trying to help keep families closer to Croydon so children can still attend the same school, your shipped off to Hull or someplace and put up in a grimy hostel as a place to 'live'
YET Croydon council is still able to afford to house the asylum seekers in Croydon ! And find the money to move in to fancy new offices.

It saddens me, when for instance I go on say, You Tube and watch historical programs about Croydon and its founding, and how it had grown over the years, and all the old shops... And how clean it looked... Not anymore. There is no community spirit in Croydon, it is a dreary horrid little town. So it is no wonder that these kids are running around like there part of some gang... They have no sense of community belonging.
Once upon a time Croydon was a nice place to live. Now it is a crap hole. Ten years ago the place was quite clean. Yes you had the odd 'hard man' with his little joeys running around after him to do his dirty work, but generally crime was pretty low. There was lots of small independent shops. The town wasn't over populated, any immigrants who moved to the town tried to mingle and were part of the community, and things were generally nice. Now the council rates for the shops are to high, so shops that had been there for twenty odd years are forced to close down, and so in move those horrid cheap clothes shops that last a month and move on. We have Luna House which has more and move asylum seekers lined up outside it. We have families who have lived in the area for generations forced to move out of their homes because of housing benefit cuts, and so instead of trying to help keep families closer to Croydon so children can still attend the same school, your shipped off to Hull or someplace and put up in a grimy hostel as a place to 'live' YET Croydon council is still able to afford to house the asylum seekers in Croydon ! And find the money to move in to fancy new offices. It saddens me, when for instance I go on say, You Tube and watch historical programs about Croydon and its founding, and how it had grown over the years, and all the old shops... And how clean it looked... Not anymore. There is no community spirit in Croydon, it is a dreary horrid little town. So it is no wonder that these kids are running around like there part of some gang... They have no sense of community belonging. Palace76
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