A man is believed to have been stabbed at Purley train station (Image: EXPRESS)
The incident took place at the local train station this evening. MyLondon are reporting there are unconfirmed claims of a second stabbing in the town. It is believed police cordons are in place in the High Street, Russell Hill, Brighton Road and the station forecourt.
A witness has said: “The whole road was closed up with about 10 police cars. There was a stabbing on the High Street and then a stabbing at the station.
“We were told they were both linked. We had to leave Pizza Express out of the back door.”
A commenter on a Facebook page, described the scene in Purley: “Just driven through there and the police/ambulances etc are all over the place, on the main road and down the alley behind the shops behind the Pear Tree etc. The main road is cordoned off.”
Another person posting on My South London wrote: “We live outside where it happened, blue tent is going up.”
Purley is located south of Croydon.
It has one of the lower rates of crime within London with the Metropolitan Police website statistics for June 2018-May 2019 noting just eight possession of weapons crime and 323 violence and sexual offences for the Purely and Woodcote area.
The incident is believed to have taken place at around 9.30pm.
It is not yet known if the victim was a passenger using the station on their travels or if the incident spilled over from other parts of the town.
Purley Station from outside (Image: GETTY)
As reported by The Sun, 2018 saw the number of homicides in London reach 135.
This was the bloodiest figure for the capital in over a decade.
There have been more than 30 in London so far this year.
Last month, Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Violent crime has no place in our city, and there’s no higher priority for me than Londoners’ safety. Our Met Police Violent Crime Task Force are working round the clock to catch offenders & remove dangerous weapons from our streets.”