Police appeal after rush-hour train stabbing

By Rob Virtue on April 17, 2012 5:11 PM |

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A fight on an evening rush-hour train packed with commuters saw a teenager left with multiple stab wounds.

The 17-year-old from Plumstead had been arguing with a group of three black men aged from late teens to early 20s who had got on the Southeastern train service at Deptford.

When it had arrived at Westcombe Park, police officers found the injured youth.

He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich and was later transferred to King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill. He has since been discharged.

A weapon was discovered on nearby train tracks.

The incident took place at 7pm on Monday evening.

Detective Inspector Ashley Cooper, of British Transport Police, said: "As part of our enquiries we'll be looking at establishing a full picture of the circumstances, including looking at what took place before, during and after this incident.

"We know that there were around 200 to 300 passengers onboard the train at the time and are confident that someone will have seen this incident take place. If you did, we'd like to hear from you."

A 21-year-old from Peckham has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.

Anyone with information should contact police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B5 of 17/04/12. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.