Student, 16, knifed in busy street in argument over girl
PUBLISHED: 14:58 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:25 12 August 2010
A 16-YEAR-OLD college student was stabbed in broad daylight on a busy high street. The Orpington College victim, thought to be from the Lewisham area, was assaulted outside Dorothy Perkins clothes shop in Orpington High Street on Tuesday at around 1.30p
A 16-YEAR-OLD college student was stabbed in broad daylight on a busy high street.
The Orpington College victim, thought to be from the Lewisham area, was assaulted outside Dorothy Perkins clothes shop in Orpington High Street on Tuesday at around 1.30pm.
He was taken by ambulance to the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough (PRUH) where his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
Police closed off part of the High Street while forensic officers searched the scene for evidence and later recovered a knife.
It is believed the incident could have been a result of an argument over a girl.
One shopkeeper said: "There were boys running up and down the street. They were looking for help. There were police everywhere."
Another, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: "This was bound to happen some time. The college students are always intimidating people here. They are always causing trouble.
"It is a mixture of boys and girls, they are very loud. People are always complaining about them, it frightens them, it really does. The college doesn't control them."
Principal of Orpington College, Simon Norton, said: "We are saddened that one of our young students has been hurt. Obviously the incident took place outside of college premises where we have less control over our students but we are nevertheless very concerned."
He added: "Like many young people, our students are worried about knife crime but no more or less because they attend college here.
"We have a weapon detecting arch which screens students for knives and we also hold tutorials. We take a very tough line on any student who brings the college into disrepute, we kick them out.
"It is very easy for people to mistake young people on the High Street as Orpington College students just because they are young and hang around here. Having said that, I am not saying our students are perfect. We work closely with the police and shopkeepers."
The three suspects, who are not believed to be Orpington College students, are black, aged around 18 and around 6ft tall.
Suspect one was wearing a black jacket with horizontal black and red lines and a beige hat. Suspect two was wearing a black jacket with a small white motif on the left hand side, a black hat, blue jeans, and had his arm in a sling. Suspect three was wearing a black jacket and black trousers.
Anyone with information should call Bromley police on 01689 891212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.