December 1, 2021, 1:00

    Croydon murder: First picture of boy, 14, stabbed to death as grieving family ‘devastated’

    Croydon murder: First picture of boy, 14, stabbed to death as grieving family ‘devastated’

    A 14-year-old boy who died from stab wounds after taking himself to hospital has been pictured for the first time.

    Jermaine Cools was named by police as the teenager who was knifed near West Croydon train station, south London at around 6.40pm on Thursday.

    Officers from the Metropolitan Police had initially been called out to reports of a fight among a group of people.

    While no suspects or victims were found at the scene, at around 7.10pm police were called to a south London hospital where a teenager had walked in with stab wounds.

    Despite the efforts of medical staff, Jermaine was tragically pronounced dead. In a statement on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police said Jermaine's next of kin had been informed.

    Jermaine died after being stabbed in Croydon

    Met Police)

    A post-mortem examination gave the Croydon boy's cause of death as multiple stab wounds, police added.

    Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh from Specialist Crime leads the investigation and 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.”

    Forensics on the scene after the stabbing

    Grant Falvey/LNP)

    There have been no arrests and enquiries continue, police added.

    It is the 27th teenage stabbing fatality in the capital in 2021, equal to a previous peak in 2017.

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

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