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Victoria stab death police arrest 20 teenagers

Police at Victoria Station
Paramedics were unable to resuscitate the victim

Twenty teenagers have been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy at London's Victoria Station during Thursday's rush hour.

The boy, from west London, died in hospital after a cardiac arrest.

Those arrested are aged between 14 and 17 and from south London. One person has since been released.

A Tube worker said the attackers were wearing school uniform. Police have recovered "a number of weapons" from the scene.

The "reckless" attack began on the steps of the station before spilling on to the booking hall, police continued.

The stabbing took place at the District and Circle line booking office.

Police have recovered several weapons, including two knives, from the scene of the attack and stepped up patrols.

'Screaming' row

Det Supt Ashley Croft said: "This was a reckless act of violence that has resulted in a teenager tragically losing his life and our thoughts are with his family at this time.

"We believe the attack started on steps leading into the Tube station on Terminus Place before continuing into the Circle and District line booking hall."

One commuter said that the night before the stabbing, a "screaming" row broke out between 10 to 15 teenagers at the station.

One station ticket office worker, who did not want to be named, said a colleague was "right there" as the attack happened.

Police at Victoria station
The attack began on the steps of the station

"The boys attacking [the victim] couldn't have been any older than him as they were wearing a dark blue school uniform," he said.

The night before the stabbing, commuter John Angeli, 47, from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, said he saw police "struggling" to keep a "tense" row between a group of teenagers under control.

He said: "There was a big kerfuffle with about 10 or 15 kids all screaming. They were all in uniform, aged about 15 or 16.

"I only watched it all for a couple of minutes but I saw the police call for back-up to bring things under control."

Sarfraz Ahmed, who manages a shop at the station, said youngsters had been causing trouble at the station in the past few weeks.

"One day last week a gang chased a boy into a shop and attacked him and trashed the place."



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