Two girls walking to school in Thornton Heath have been stabbed in identical attacks by a random stranger.
Police have issued this image and video footage of man they want to speak to in connection with today’s attack at 8:23am on St Paul’s Road where a 15-year-old girl was approached and stabbed in the arm.
The victim was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where her condition was deemed not life threatening.
Neighbours said police had gone door to door looking for CCTV footage and had a dog searching gardens.?One said the dog had found something but it is unclear whether this was a weapon.
This follows an incident at 8:50am on Wednesday (Nov 4) when police were called to reports of an injured girl in nearby Moffat Road.
Again a 15-year-old girl had been approached by a stranger and stabbed in the leg. The victim was taken to hospital where her condition was confirmed as not life threatening.
A police spokesman told The Chronicle that a 17-year-old boy had been arrested on suspicion of Grevious Bodily Harm in connection with Wednesday’s attack and was released on bail to return to police on a date in early December.
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The victims both go to separate schools and at this stage it is not thought they are known to each other.
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.
“Please do contact police or speak with officers on patrol if you have concerns or information.”
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information should call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 1294/06NOV.