Nurse stabbed to death at mental hospital
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A male nurse has been stabbed to death at a mental hospital in London by a patient. The victim suffered fatal knife wounds after being attacked at Southleigh Community Hospital, in South Croydon on Thursday (12 May).

The man, who was in his 60s, has not yet been formally identified by police. A 40-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. He is receiving treatment at another South London hospital for an injury to his hand.

Police have launched a murder inquiry after the incident, but said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the killing. Appealing for anyone with information to come forward, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We retain an open mind relating to the circumstances surrounding the incident."

The private hospital offers residential care for patients, including those who have been detained under the Mental Health Act.

A spokesman for the hospital expressed their sympathy following the loss of a "valued member of staff." A statement said: "We are greatly saddened to confirm that a member of staff lost his life yesterday following an incident in the hospital. Our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues. He was a valued and respected member of staff who will be deeply missed.

"We cannot say more as we are working closely with the police on their ongoing investigation into this incident."

A post-mortem examination is due to take place at Croydon Mortuary on Saturday, Sky News reports. Witnesses are asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.