Two boys stabbed to death within an hour as killings make 2021 London's bloodiest on record

A 15-year-old was fatally injured in an incident in Croydon Thursday night, while a 16-year-old was killed more than 20 miles away in Hillingdon.

The deaths on Thursday night bring the total number of teenage murders in the capital to 30 in 2021, making it the bloodiest year on record.

The Metropolitan Police said the London Ambulance Service was called shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Thursday for reports of an injured man at Philpotts Farm Open Space near Heather Lane in Yiewsley.

The officers came and found that the teenager was suffering from a stab wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:25 p.m.

His relatives have been informed and are supported by specially trained officials.

This was followed by the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in Ashburton Park, Croydon, south London, who was pronounced dead at 7:36 p.m.

Metropolitan Police said it was too early to say if the two incidents, which were more than 20 miles apart, were linked.

The double tragedy brings the total number of teenage killings in the capital in a calendar year to 30 – a previous high of 29 reached in 2008.

The two murder investigations will once again spark discussions about the possible causes of youth violence. Experts suspect an increase in the number of children at risk and increased pressure on services such as the police and social media that fuel conflicts.

Scotland Yard said the police were called to the stabbing in Croydon shortly after 7 p.m.

They provided the boy with first aid before the ambulance arrived, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police were called to the Yiewsley knife fight just after 7:30 p.m., where they found the 16-year-old victim with a stab wound.

He, too, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victims’ family members have been informed, but none of the boys have been formally identified, Scotland Yard said.

Autopsies will be carried out later.

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