Witnesses describe horror of seeing boy being disembowelled in south London stabbings
More details have emerged about a quadruple stabbing in south London that left one child with his intestines hanging out.
Witnesses have described seeing a group of around 30 youths involved in a fight on the estate in Camberwell, south London, last night. Two of the four children, aged 15 and 16, suffered injuries to their torsos while another had cuts to his arm and the fourth was injured on the leg.
Police officers helped the stabbing victims before ambulance crews arrived on the scene of the quadruple stabbing (Picture: SWNS)
Two of the victims after they were put onto stretchers on the housing estate in Camberwell, south London (Picture: SWNS)
Police officers were first on the scene of the incident and they battled to help the victims before paramedics arrived (Picture: SWNS)
A woman who lives close to the scene said that police appeared to be overwhelmed at first before back-up arrived. Susan Model, 20, who watched the incident unfold from a ground floor flat, said: ‘Police were trying to calm it down and move people away from the ones on the floor but it didn’t go well.
‘All of a sudden a load of police came from nowhere running and got everybody away. ‘There was a black guy with no top and he said something like “I’m going to f**king kill him” and about five officers chased after him as he ran off. ‘In the end they took him away because he was raging. When I first came out he was on the floor with one of the people who had been stabbed.
Dozens of police congregated at the scene after a group of around 30 youths started fighting (Picture: SWNS)
This morning witnesses have been describing the scene where four children were stabbed (Picture: SWNS)
It is not known if the teenagers were from the estate or (Picture: SWNS)
‘Two or three police vans turned up before the ambulance did. We saw four people, three of them lying on the ground and one of them being walked off. ‘He had a bandage wrapped around his arm. It was white and covered the whole of the top of his right arm.
‘I heard two got their stomach cut open – there was two stomach, one leg and one arm – because you could hear the conversations that were going on. ‘It was manic, it was completely manic, there were a lot of black boys shouting, screaming, you had neighbours worried because we didn’t know if we knew them. ‘We don’t know who’s who anymore. You don’t know who to trust. Apparently they weren’t from the estate.
A boy is in a critical condition after he was stabbed on an estate in south London on Thursday evening (Picture: PA)
A witness described seeing one boy collapse with his intestines hanging out of his body (Picture: PA)
‘When they got picked up and taken away the floor was covered in blood. The police said the stomach wound looked life-threatening.’ Another said: ‘Ten minutes before the stabbing I saw a whole heap of youths run down that way. Then 10 minutes later I heard people shouting and bawling out the back there.
‘When I looked round the back there, I saw the youth come running from the block. He came to the corner and dropped. ‘He was holding his belly and all of his intestines were falling on the ground.’ The victims are not thought to live on the estate but neighbours said a garden area concealed from view by the flats has become a place for them to hang out.
Four boys were stabbed and six were taken into custody following they violent incident (Picture: PA)
The stabbings are the latest in a long series of violent incidents in London this year (Picture: PA)
A man, who did not give his name, said: ‘The lads hang around there all the time, it started at least six months ago. Recently there have been more and more. ‘They are downstairs at the end of the block doing what boys normally do, shoving each other and messing about, but I don’t recognise any of them.’
country’ Another resident added: ‘There’s drugs, prostitution, it’s not a good place to bring up your kids.’ A police cordon remained around the grassed area where the stabbings happened and an officer also stood guard at the scene. Janet Hardman, 58, said: ‘There were lots and lots of sirens then when I looked out there were masses of police cars all out the front and it stopped the main road.
‘When I got to the back I saw it was all cordoned off by the police. There was a crowd gathering, watching and filming on their phones, and this buzz so I knew it was something serious.
There was an air ambulance crew too.’ She described at least 30 people swarming the area where the boys were stabbed. She added: ‘Out the front there were at least 20 police cars, the police were stopping, getting out of their cars and running. They had dogs as well.’ Six teenagers aged 15 and 16 are now in police custody.