Jermaine Cools stabbed to death in West Croydon

Jermaine Cools was stabbed to death in London Road, West Croydon after two youth groups clashed on Thursday evening.

Police were called to the scene after reports of fighting among local youths on the  streets near one of London’s busy train station.

Terrified shoppers and commuters “ran for their lives” as Jermaine stumbled away and his attackers fled.

The 14-year-old was pronounced dead despite turning up at a local hospital with stab wounds and the best efforts of medical staff.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh said: “While our investigation continues to make good progress I am still appealing to anyone who witnessed this fight in the vicinity of West Croydon station on Thursday evening to come forward.

“I am also keen to hear from any road users who may have captured events on dashcam – your footage could prove to be vital in piecing together what happened.

“Jermaine’s family have been left devastated by his murder and we need to identify the person responsible for this; if you can help please get in touch with my team or you can leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers.”

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

There have been no arrests; enquiries continue.

Any witnesses, or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference CAD 6179/18Nov, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers, 100 per cent anonymously, on 0800 555 111.