Police re-issue desperate appeal to find killer of Croydon boy, 14

Police are appealing for information one week on from the murder of a 14-year-old boy.

Jermaine Cools was killed in Croydon last Thursday (November 18), after police were called to London Road, close to West Croydon Railway Station, at 6.41pm to reports of a group of people fighting.

Officers attended but initially no suspects or victims were found.

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Shortly after 7pm, police went to a South London hospital after a 14-year-old boy came in with stab wounds.

Despite the efforts of doctors at the hospital, the boy died a short time later.

The boy was later formally identified as Jermaine Cools. A post-mortem examination gave Jermaine’s cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

There have been no arrests as of yet and enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “We know that this was a murder which happened in a public place in the middle of a busy, commuter time and people will have witnessed Jermaine being attacked.

“I am asking for anyone who was in the area to cast their minds back to last Thursday.

“Were you at or travelling past the station at around 6.40pm? Did you see anything that might help police find the people responsible for Jermaine’s murder?



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“Jermaine was a central member of his family, and his parents have been left devastated and without a son.

“At the very least, they are owed an explanation for why their son was killed, and police will continue to work relentlessly to ensure the people responsible are held to account.

“If you can help, please get in touch with my team or leave information completely anonymously with Crimestoppers.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference CAD 6179/18Nov, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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