RESIDENTS are “shocked” at the stabbing of two teenagers in Blackheath yesterday.

A 16-year-old boy was found in Combe Avenue at around 3.15pm with a stab wound to the chest.

He remains in hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

He has been arrested along with the second victim, aged 17, who was taken into custody at Plumstead police station yesterday evening after being treated in hospital for a stab wound to the face.

Ellen Coulton, of Combe Avenue, says she is surprised to hear the news.

The 82-year-old said: “I have lived here for 40 years and it’s usually a safe neighbourhood.

“The problem is we don’t give youngsters enough to do. As the saying goes, Satan finds work for idle hands.

“It’s a shame because most are good kids.”

Vanbrugh Estate Residents’ Association secretary Louis Alexander helps run a neighbourhood watch scheme in the area.

He said: “I am shocked to hear what happened. There’s always been an under current of violence on the estate but it’s never really affected us.”

A Greenwich Council spokesman said the incident did not involve any pupils from the nearby John Roan School in Westcombe Park Road.