Police have made arrests after three teenage boys were found with knife injuries in Romford town centre.

The Met Police confirmed that none of the three teenagers taken to hospital yesterday evening (February 27) are in life-threatening conditions. 

The three boys, aged 15, 16 and 17, were found in South Street with knife wounds, police said, after officers were called to reports of a stabbing just before 5.40pm. 

A section 60 order was issued by the police until 3am this morning, granting officers “additional stop and search powers to prevent further violence in the area”. 

Police have now said three males have been arrested on suspicion of public order and/or weapons offences and are at east London police stations.

Supt Lisa Butterfield, lead on neighbourhood policing in Havering, said: “Our investigation is progressing swiftly, with a number of arrests already made and a coordinated response between local police teams and CID colleagues.

"Officers will be patrolling in the town centre at key times all week to reassure local people, and I encourage anyone who is concerned or anxious to approach those officers.

“We know that there were a number of people in and around the shopping centre when this incident happened – if you are one of those people and you haven’t yet spoken to police, please do get in touch.”

The Havering Residents' Association (HRA), which runs the Havering Council administration alongside Labour, posted on Facebook: “The H.R.A were shocked to hear of yet another stabbing incident last night in Romford which should not be accepted as a sign of the times. 

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“The police now need time to complete their investigations. If you know anything about the incidents please report through to the police. 

“We need to work together to stop young people ruining or ending their lives through knife crime.” 

The incident comes soon after the non-fatal stabbing of a New City College student in Ardleigh Green last week.  

Any witnesses are asked to call 101 quoting CAD 5355/27Feb. 

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