Teen ‘shot with crossbow’ fighting for life after sickening attack

A man "shot with a crossbow" is fighting for his life in hospital after being found injured on a train station bench.

British Transport Police has launched an investigation into "a shocking act of violence" at Abbey Wood station in southeast London on Sunday night.

An 18-year-old man was reported wounded at 10.20pm, prompting an emergency response from both police and paramedics who took him hospital where he is believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

As medics treated the teenager, officers shut down the station temporarily to conduct enquiries but opened it back up to the public on Monday morning.

Witnesses have been asked to come forward with any information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect who fired a crossbow at the victim.

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Detective Superintendent Sam 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 enquiries 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.

"Anyone with information can text BTP on 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 341 of 14/02/21. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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