/East Croydon stabbing victim named as boy, 16, attacked inside station

East Croydon stabbing victim named as boy, 16, attacked inside station

The boy killed in a “machete attack” at East Croydon station has been named by police as Louis Johnson.

The 16-year-old victim was attacked inside the busy station during rush hour on Monday afternoon (January 27).

British Transport Police confirmed his name and age on Tuesday morning (January 28) as officers continue their murder investigation.

Police were first called to the station at 4.45pm and attended alongside the Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.

Enquiries made by the investigating team overnight have confirmed that Louis entered East Croydon station via the Ruskin Square ticket barrier at 4.30pm.

While he was on the overbridge inside the station, Louis met the suspect, who immediately pulled out a knife and stabbed him.

Louis died at the scene a short while later. A post mortem examination will take place in the coming days.

Police have informed Louis’ family of his death and they’re being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.

No arrests have been made in connection with the train station killing.

There will be increased patrols by transport police in the East Croydon area to reassure the public.

Station staff in place around medical screens on one of the East Croydon platforms
(Image: @williamlane28)

Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn, who is leading the BTP investigation, said: “This was a senseless killing at an extremely busy time of the day, and my thoughts are with Louis’s family at this painfully difficult time.

“For such a young teenager to lose his life in these circumstances is truly devastating, and I would like to reassure everyone that a thorough investigation is well underway.

“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.”

If you have information, you can contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.

Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Did you know Louis? You can pay tribute to him via email by contacting qasim.peracha@reachplc.com

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