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Teen arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after man stabbed at Shortlands station

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed on a train in south London on Wednesday, British Transport Police said.

Police received reports of two men fighting between Beckenham and Shortlands railway station shortly before 4pm on Wednesday.

Footage shared on social media showed a male wearing a black hooded jacket, black trousers and a face mask holding a large blade, while onlookers could be heard telling him to stop.

A manhunt was launched and on Thursday BTP said they had arrested a 19-year-old man and recovered a knife.

The victim, who is in his 20s, was taken to hospital and is in a “critical but stable condition”.

Superintendent Darren Malpas said: “We understand the concerns of the public following this incident and our detectives have been working tirelessly to investigate. I hope this arrest will bring some reassurance to those on the rail network.

“High-visibility patrols will continue in the area and across the network as a visible reassurance to the travelling public.”

Witnesses were urged to contact police on 0800 405040, texting 61016 quoting reference 397 of 27 March or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

(This story is being updated)

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