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Teenage boy stabbed to death in 40-second savagery at train station

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has been murdered at a packed train station.

Louis Johnson was stabbed to death in a 40-second violent attack.

He entered East Croydon station in south London at around 4.30pm yesterday through the Ruskin Square ticket barrier and was attacked minutes later.

British Transport Police (BTP) said that while he was on the station footbridge (above) he met someone who pulled out a knife and stabbed him.

Despite the efforts of medics yesterday afternoon, including an air ambulance team, he died.

Det Ch Insp Sam Blackburn said: ‘This was a senseless killing at an extremely busy time of the day.

‘For such a young man to lose his life in these circumstances is truly devastating, and I would like to reassure everyone that a thorough investigation is well under way.

‘With that in mind, we continue to appeal for anyone with information to get in touch as a matter of urgency.

‘The incident was over within a matter of 40 seconds, but I know many other passengers or members of the public would have seen what happened.

‘If you have not already spoken with police, please get in touch.

‘Importantly, if you have any mobile phone or dashcam footage of the East Croydon area either just before, during or after the attack, we want to hear from you.’

No arrests had been made by this afternoon.

BTP said there would be increased patrols in and around the station today.

Anyone with information can contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference 395 of 27/01/2020, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 / online.