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CCTV plea in hunt for knifemen’

PUBLISHED: 16:37 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 August 2010

ON CAMERA: CCTV images released by police.

ON CAMERA: CCTV images released by police.

CCTV images of three men trying to buy a knife in a supermarket hours before they were thought to be involved in a stabbing have been released by police. The images show three men going into Sainsbury s in Orpington on December 2 last year, trying to buy

ON CAMERA: CCTV images released by police.

CCTV images of three men trying to buy a knife in a supermarket hours before they were thought to be involved in a stabbing have been released by police.

The images show three men going into Sainsbury's in Orpington on December 2 last year, trying to buy a knife. They were turned away by vigilant staff.

Instead, they crossed the road and bought a knife at Poundstretcher, according to police.

Hours later, at 1.30pm, it is alleged they stabbed a 16-year-old Orpington College student in the back near Dorothy Perkins in High Street.

The victim spent several days at Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough recovering from his injuries.

One of the suspects caught on camera is believed to be Stephen Seri, 19, from Lewisham, who is also wanted in connection with a theft from Jarrette Jewellers in West Wickham on February 10 at just after 4pm.

He is believed to have stolen two engagement rings worth £1,800.

The former Orpington College student is black, 6ft, with rough-cut curly hair and was wearing a black-hooded, zip-up top with white stripes on it.

The two other suspects were also black, one light-skinned wearing a light brown hooded top and the other wearing a black jacket with a small white motif on the left-hand side, a black hood and light blue jeans. He had his arm in a sling.

Detective Inspector Jane Corrigan said: "This attack happened in a very busy high street so we're hoping to jog people's memories.

"Someone out there must recognise Stephen Seri and know where he hangs around.

"We're also hoping someone will give us names for the other two individuals."

Anyone with information should call Bromley CID on 020 8284 8785 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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