Murder investigation launched after 60-year-old man stabbed to death in residential street

Woodcroft Road in Thornton Heath, where the 60-year-old was found with stab wounds. (Google Maps)

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed to death in Croydon on Monday evening.

The Metropolitan Police said the 60-year-old victim was found with stab wounds outside a residential address in Woodcroft Road, Thornton Heath, at about 9.30pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.49pm.

A 50-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and taken into custody. He later became unwell and was taken to hospital, where he is in a stable condition.

The Met Police have launched a murder investigation. (Getty)

Police said the victim’s next of kin have been informed, though he has not yet been formally identified.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

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Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: “The victim was found injured in a residential street. While it is not a heavy footfall location, there may have been members of the public travelling through Woodcroft Road who saw something. I urge those people to come forward and speak to my officers without delay.

“No matter how insignificant you think it may be, please do make the call. We are building the sequence of events leading up to and immediately following this attack which has led to a man’s death – your call could complete the picture.”

The stabbing comes at the end of a year that has seen concerns raised over Britain’s knife crime epidemic, especially in London.

In November, one weekend saw two men die and at least three others injured in two separate stabbing incidents in London.