An 18-year-old man is in hospital fighting for his life after he was shot with a crossbow inside Abbey Wood train station last night (February 14).

The station was shut down to deal with the incident, and detectives are now appealing for witnesses of the Valentines night attack.

British Transport Police said they were called to Abbey Wood station in south east London at 10:20pm on Sunday, February 14, after receiving reports of a teenager seriously injured on a bench in the station.

Paramedics attended along with officers and found the 18-year-old male suffering from a stab wound.

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The incident was at first thought to be a stabbing, but police have now said the victim was shot in the stomach with a crossbow bolt.

He was rushed to hospital, and the BTP describe his condition as 'life-threatening'.

The station was evacuated and closed last night to allow specialist officers to conduct enquiries, but has now reopened this morning (February 15).

Detective Superintendent Sam Blackburn called it a "shocking act of violence" and said he'd like to reassure the public they are doing all they can to find those responsible.

“We are at an early stage in our investigation and we are keeping an open mind as to exactly where this violent incident began.

“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.

“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.”