Stabbings involving young people are not uncommon in London. Image for illustrative purposes only Image Credit: Pixabay

London: A 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death during Wednesday's morning rush hour in south London, police said.

The Metropolitan Police said officers arrested a teenage boy who may have known the victim in connection with the stabbing.

Police were called at around 8:30 a.m. after receiving reports that a girl was stabbed in Croydon, south of London.

Multiple police vehicles and land and air ambulances attended, but the girl was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

A white forensic tent was erected within a police cordon at the scene.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “heartbroken” by the death and expressed sympathy with the girl's family and local community.

Stabbings involving young people are not uncommon in London but it is relatively rare for such incidents to involve girls.