teenage boy arrested and charged over the high profile stabbings of two school girls has been accused of committing serial attacks on young girls in Thornton Heath.

The 15-year-old boy, who appeared in custody on November 8 at Bromley Youth Court was arrested after two 15-year-old girls were stabbed within days of each other.

In addition he is charged with sexually assaulting a third Thornton Heath girl. The offence relates to a sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl on Norfolk Road in November 2019.

The two 15-year-old’s were knifed within the space of two days as they walked to school. The boy has subsequently been charged with multiple offences.

The first random attack happened in Moffatt Road on Wednesday (November 4) at 8.50am when the victim was stabbed in the leg. She was taken to hospital where her condition was confirmed as not life threatening.

Then at 8.23am on Friday (November 6) in St Paul’s Road a second girl who was walking to school was stabbed in the arm.

She was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital where her condition was also deemed not life threatening.

Both girls were comforted at the scene by passers by who went to their aid after hearing their screams.  Following an intensive police search and appeal the suspect was arrested on Sunday (November 8).

The boy, who can not be named for legal reasons, was charged with multiple offences on girls 

– two counts of GBH;
– one count of ABH;
– two counts of sexual assault;
– one count of assault by penetration;
– one count of robbery

Police carried out reassurance patrols following the attacks and James Weston, the Inspector for the Violence Suppression Unit said: “We have got a suspect in custody but we are all out here obviously making sure everyone sees police in the area.”.”

The presence included school’s officers, the youth engagement team, youth workers and local authority workers.

Forever Family UK who campaign against racism, inequality and injustice (pictured below outside Thornton Heath station) were also present to give their support to the community.