Officers were called to Abbey Wood station in south east London on Sunday night.British Transport Police found the teenager seriously injured on a
Officers were called to Abbey Wood station in south east London on Sunday night.
British Transport Police found the teenager seriously injured on a bench and was later taken to hospital for his injuries, where his condition is described as life-threatening.
Detective Superintendent Sam Blackburn has confirmed an investigation is underway and described the incident as a “shocking act of violence”.
Detective Superintendent Blackburn has urged anyone with any information to come forward.
The force is keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed “anything suspicious” along Abbey Road and Wilton Road between 9.45pm and 10.20pm on Sunday evening.
No arrests have been made.
Detective Superintendent Blackburn said: “We are at an early stage in our investigation and we are keeping an open mind as to exactly where this violent incident began.
“Following a number of inquiries throughout the night, we believe the man sustained his injury from a crossbow bolt.
“I’d like to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious along Abbey Road and Wilton Road between 9.45pm and 10.20pm to get in touch with us as soon as possible to assist the investigation.
“This was a shocking act of violence and I’d like to reassure the public we’re doing all we can to find those responsible.”
A British Transport Police spokeswoman added: “A crossbow bolt was involved and we are keeping an open mind as to how he sustained the injury while enquiries continue.”
Anyone with any information is urged to contact the British Transport Police by text on 61016 or by phone on 0800 405040, quoting the reference 341 of 14/02/21.
Alternatively the charity Crimestoppers can be contact anonymously on 0800 555111.
The London station was closed overnight to allow specialist officers to conduct enquiries and has since reopened.