man was stabbed to death with two others fighting for life after ten separate stabbings in just over two hours in Croydon.
Police said they had no information that the attacks were linked despite the attacks occuring just over a square mile of each other in south London.
Police were called to reports of two males with stab injuries at 8.08pm to Wisbeach Road, Croydon.
One male was taken to hospital before they arrived in a non-life threatening condition but another man was pronounced dead by paramedics.
Police didn’t reveal an age for the victim but said his family were aware of his murder.
There has been no arrest.
Earlier police responded to a stabbing at Chapman Road, Croydon at 6.56pm. Police found a man, whose condition was assessed as not life-threatening later in hospital.
Minutes later police were called to a south London hospital at 7.15pm after four males, all aged in their 20s, came in suffering from various stab and slash injuries.
One of those men is at this time in a life-threatening condition.
Police were called back to a south London hospital after two more men self-presented with stab injuries at 8.51pm. One of the males condition deteriorated and is now fighting for life.
In the final attack of a bloody evening in Croydon a male was arrested on suspicion of GBH at 9.12pms in Dingwall Road.
The victim too has been arrested and his condition not thought to be life-threatening.
Detectives put in place a special stop and search order to prevent any further bloodshed on the streets of south London.
Det Supt Nicky Arrowsmith said: “Sadly, tonight we have seen a number of needless and completely abhorrent violent altercations, including one that has tragically resulted in a loss of life.
“Officers will be on patrol throughout the night across the South Area Command Unit, with additional resources from the Violent Crime Taskforce and Territorial Support Group deployed to deter and prevent any further violence.
“A Section 60 Order granting police additional stop and search powers is in place across Croydon, until 8am on Saturday, 6 February.
“I urge anyone who has information that could help police to assist us as we work to investigate these incidents to speak to us as soon as you can.
“Tackling violent crime in London remains the top priority for everyone in the Metropolitan Police Service. We have dedicated resources working to prevent, deter and tackle violence in all its forms, day and night and are utilising all available tactics and powers.
“Our officers continue to work around the clock to identify and pursue offenders, bring perpetrators to justice, support victims, take weapons off the street, engage and reassure the public, and keep our communities safe in London.
“But we are not complacent and cannot do this alone. We work closely with our communities as they are key to understanding and knowing what is occurring locally. We need to hear from anyone who has information about crime, those who carry a weapon, or those who exploit others for gain or revenge, while putting young people’s lives at risk- we need this information to help keep London safe.”