Surrey Police have made three arrests after an 18-year-old was stabbed in the chest and leg on Wednesday evening (23 January), in an incident believed to have taken place in the Woodlands Road area of Earlswood.
Police said on Friday morning (25 January):
“We have arrested three males (aged 16, 17 and 18) on suspicion of attempted murder after police were called to East Surrey Hospital at around 23.30 on 23 January, after an 18 year old man had arrived with stab wounds to his chest and leg. The three have subsequently been released on police bail.
The victim (who has since been transferred to another unnamed hospital) is in a stable condition with potentially life changing injuries.”
Police believe the incident happened in the Woodlands Road area of Earlswood, near Redhill, and said there would be an increased police presence in the area as officers seek to establish more details.
Detective Inspector Jackie Elkins said:
“While clearly a shocking incident, I want to be reassure the community that these men knew each other and there is no wider risk to the general public. I want to thank the local community for their support and assistance as we conduct a thorough investigation of what happened and bring those responsible to justice.
I would ask people who may know these men not to speculate publicly, but instead to contact us to help us build a picture of who they are and why this has happened.”
Anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation, either because they know the individuals involved, or because they witnessed something in the Woodlands Road area on Wednesday night, is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or online quoting reference PR/45190008252.
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via their anonymous online form.