Four teenagers aged between 15 and 16 suffered knife wounds, one of the teenage is in critical condition in south London.
One victim is in a critical condition, another is in a serious but stable condition and the other two victims have said to have no seriously injuries after police were called to the incident outside Landor House on the Elmington Estate in Camberwell on Thursday evening.
Six boys aged 15 to 16 have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and grievous bodily harm.
Eyewitness at the scene has how didn’t want to be identified has said she felt “traumatised” with a number of residents saying to have heard one of the victims screaming “help, help”
Superintendent Annmarie Cowley, of Southwark police, said: “This incident is in its very early stages and at present we cannot speculate on what the nature of it may be.
“What we can say for certain is if there needed to be an example of the utter senselessness of knife crime, then this is it; four males are in hospital, and at this stage we cannot say how serious their injuries are. It is beyond comprehension.
“I would like to offer my reassurance to the community that officers are responding robustly; we remain at the scene and have also requested additional resources from the Territorial Support Group and Violent Crime Taskforce to patrol the area.
“Additionally, a Section 60 has been authorised from 18:30hrs to 09:30hrs on Friday, 17 August, providing officers with powers to deter any further potential trouble.
“I would urge anyone who witnessed this incident to call police and tell us what you saw; if you are concerned or worried about speaking to police, I can assure you your information would be treated in the strictest of confidence…”
Polices are appealing to any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 5391/16 Aug or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.