15-year-old schoolgirl killed after being stabbed during rush hour
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A 15-year-old girl has died after she was stabbed in south London during rush hour.
The unnamed teenager was travelling through Croydon this morning (27 September), when she was fatally stabbed.
Footage from the scene between Whitgift Shopping Centre and St Michael's Road has been posted on social media.
It shows police cars and ambulances near a bus.
The Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called at about 8.30am on Wednesday, September 27 to reports of a 15-year-old girl stabbed on Wellesley Road in Croydon.
"Officers, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended. Despite their efforts, sadly she died at the scene at 9:21am. A crime scene is in place."
A boy, who it's thought knew the victim, was arrested shortly after the tragic incident, Chief Superintendent Andy Brittain said.
“Our immediate thoughts are with this young girl’s family who are facing the most tragic of news," he said in a statement. "Our officers are with the girl’s family to support them.
“I am in contact with the local community, who are clearly as concerned as we are about this tragic incident. I shall continue to update them throughout the day.
“My officers were immediately on scene to provide first aid and support paramedics.
"Acting on information provided to them, officers also worked closely with colleagues from across the Met and the British Transport Police to track a teenager in connection with the stabbing.
"I can confirm that an arrest was made at about 09:45hrs in the Croydon area. At this early stage we believe that he may have known her.
“A crime scene will be in place for some time, and I am grateful for the cooperation of residents."
A spokesman for London ambulance service said in a statement: "We were called today (27 September) at 8:33am to reports of an incident on Wellesley Road, Croydon. We sent a number of resources to the scene, including three ambulance crews, an incident response officer, and an advanced paramedic in a car.
"We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance. We treated a teenager, but very sadly, despite our best efforts, she died at the scene."
A white tent has been erected within a police cordon outside the Whitgift Centre on Wellesley Road.
Also inside the cordon is a red double decker bus on route 60, three police vehicles and about a dozen officers.
The attack is not believed to have happened on the bus.
Transport for London said bus routes 60, 407 and 455 were being diverted away from the area 'due to a police incident'.
Witnesses or anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting reference CAD 1601/27Sep, to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online.