Police hunt ‘knifeman’ after ‘almost identical’ attacks on two schoolgirls

Police are on the hunt for a knifeman after two schoolgirls were the victims of "almost identical" attacks.

The teenagers were knifed over the space of three days, and cops believe the attacks are linked.

Officers have appealed for witnesses regarding the incidents which took place in Croydon.

On Wednesday, November 4, a 15-year-old girl was stabbed in the leg while on her way to school.

The teen was wounded after being approached by a stranger on Moffat Road, Thornton Heath.

Then at 8.23am on Friday (November 6), another girl of the same age was approached by a stranger and stabbed in the arm on her way to school in St Paul's Road.

A Met Police inspector is "confident" that the attacks are linked. Moffat Road is just a short distance from St Paul's Road in Thornton Heath.

The girls attend different schools in Croydon and are not believed to be known to each other, reports My London.

After being attacked on Wednesday, the first victim was taken to hospital and thankfully her injuries were confirmed as not life-threatening.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended the attack on Friday morning. The victim was taken to hospital where her condition is also not considered life-threatening.

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Detectives are now appealing for information to help them with their investigation and are asking members of the public if they can identify the person captured in a blurry CCTV image and also seen in the video above.

Detective Inspector David Adams, of South Area Command, said: "These attacks are almost identical in nature and I am confident that they are linked.

"I have taken the decision to release a clip that was captured by a witness to the second incident and appeal for the community to tell us who this individual is.

"We are doing everything they can to identify and apprehend this suspect and enhanced patrols are being conducted in the area at the start and end of the school day.

"Please do contact police or speak with officers on patrol if you have concerns or information."

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information should call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 1294/06NOV.

To remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers_uk.org.

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