The Metropolitan Police are appealing for witnesses following the stabbing of two teenage boys in Streatham. The authorities were called at 6.30pm BST on Wednesday, 30 December, to reports of a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year old boy who had been stabbed in Mountearl Gardens in the London suburb.
Police officers and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene and the victims were taken to a south London hospital with stab wounds to their torsos. The 17-year-old boy was treated for his injuries and has now been discharged from hospital. The 16-year-old currently remains in hospital in a critical condition. Detectives from Lambeth CID are investigating the incident.
The police said that at this early stage detectives believe that the victims sustained their injuries after two mopeds each with a rider and pillion passenger approached them. The pillion passengers then attacked the victims before fleeing on the waiting mopeds, heading in the direction of Mount Nod Road.
Neither of the pillion passengers is believed to have worn a helmet. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police would not confirm whether the attack was gang-related. No arrests have been made and enquires are continuing.
Detective chief inspector Jim Redmond from Lambeth CID, said: "This was a vicious and violent attack which has left a teenage boy in a critical condition. The incident happened late in the afternoon and there would have been a number of people in and around the area who may have witnessed the events in the lead up to the attack, the stabbings themselves or the moped riders with their pillion passengers fleeing the scene.
"It is of paramount importance that we find those responsible and I would urge anyone with any information no matter how small to get in contact with us."
The Metropolitan Police has asked anyone with any information regarding the attack to contact DS Ion at Lambeth CID on 101 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.