A 15-year-old boy was stabbed in broad daylight and only escaped worse injuries after his friends barricaded a cafe door against his attackers.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the teenager was stabbed in Lambeth.
Police were called at about 2.10pm on Monday January 22 to reports of a group of males being attacked by a lone suspect armed with a knife on Fountain Place,in Myatts Field, Stockwell.
The 15-year-old boy suffered a stab wound to his torso. He and his friends ran off along Bramah Road and into nearby Crawshay Road, where the victim collapsed inside a café.
The suspect followed them and tried to enter the café, but could not get in, as the door had been barricaded. He left and walked back towards Fountain Place.
Officers were called to the café, where they administered first aid before the arrival of paramedics.
The boy was taken by ambulance to a South London hospital, where he was treated for his injuries before being discharged.
Detective Constable Steven Fares, of Lambeth CID, said: “I urge anyone who may have seen this attack to come forward and speak to police as soon as possible.
“Luckily this victim didn’t suffer any life-changing injuries, unlike so many other victims of knife crime, but I still want to be sure we speak to as many witnesses as possible.
“This happened in a built-up, residential area, and I am appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard anything of the incident who has not yet spoken to police to contact me.”
Anyone with information should call Lambeth CID via 101, quoting reference 3921/22Jan. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A 29-year-old man has been charged with multiple offences in connection with this incident.