Following the murder at East Croydon Station on Monday 27th January, Police and partner agencies will be putting uniformed police and other staff into our community to reassure the public. You will see an increased police presence in the town centre and surrounding area.
Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, South Area BCU Commander, Metropolitan Police says:
“Following the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Louis Johnson at East Croydon station on Monday, 27th January, you will see an increased presence of my officers in and around the local area supporting our colleagues from British Transport Police.”
British Transport Police say:
“A 16 year old boy has been arrested this morning in connection with the murder of Louis Johnson at East Croydon, London. The boy who is from Balham, was arrested on suspicion of murder and he is in police custody whilst enquiries continue.”
Police have brought in officers from across London to support the investigation and ensure the public feel safe. The incident is believed to be an isolated attack with nothing to suggest any threat to the wider public. The investigation is being led by British Transport Police with the support of the Metropolitan Police and other agencies.
Superintendent Brittain, South Area, Metropolitan Police says:
“I would however like to reassure you that it is believed there is no wider risk to the public.We are increasing our uniformed patrols across the whole of Croydon Town Centre and the other parts of the borough. There will be an additional presence at both East & West Croydon Railway Stations with officers from both British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police present. This uplift is part of our planned uplift in numbers within this key location. In a future update, I will provide more details on this plan and how we will be utilising the newly formed Violence Suppression Teams and the increased number of new police recruits joining the borough.”
The British Transport Police and Metropolitan Police have a S60 search authority in place allowing the stop and search of anyone in the area of Croydon Town Centre who Police believe may be carrying weapons or other prohibited items. This will be in place until the morning of Wednesday 29th Jan. but may be extended further. The maps of this search area are available on the social media sites of both police services.
Anyone with any information they think may help the investigation or police in reducing violence can contact:
BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 395 of 27/01/2020. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The thoughts of all of us are with the family and friends of the victim at this difficult time.