Woman, 22, arrested on suspicion of murder after boy, 19, stabbed to death in South London

A WOMAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 19-year-old boy was stabbed to death in South London.

Tai Jordan O'Donnell was discovered with knife wounds to his legs in Croydon at around 12.12pm yesterday.

Emergency crews raced to the scene but sadly he couldn't be saved and was declared dead five minutes later.

A 22-year-old woman has today been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Police say Tai's next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

A cordon is in place while police investigate.

The murder is the latest to hit London this year – with killings in capital hitting a three-year high.

A Sun investigation revealed deaths are up almost a quarter on last year.

And there has been a 20 per cent rise overall in deaths over the past three years

Homicide Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman, leading the Croydon investigation, said: “Although we haven’t yet had a formal identification we are confident that the deceased is Tai Jordan O’Donnell from Croydon who was just 19 years old.

“While our enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident continue our thoughts are with Tai’s family and friends who are, no doubt, struggling to come to terms with what has happened.

“It is too early to speculate regarding any potential motive.

“Despite the fact that an arrest has been made, I am very keen to hear from anyone who has information and hasn’t yet spoken with officers.

“I understand that some people may be reluctant to speak directly to police. If that is the case please contact Crimestoppers where you won’t even be asked for your name.”

Anyone with information can call police on 0208 721 4005, 101 or tweet @MetCC with the reference CAD2875/3MAR.

To remain anonymous, ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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