Afghan refugee Hazrat, 18, was wounded during a fight on a footbridge before collapsing onto Craneford Way playing field, in Twickenham, London, on Tuesday
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A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an Afghan refugee after the 18-year-old was stabbed to death on a playing field.
The unidentified teen is currently being held at a south London police station, the Met has confirmed this afternoon.
Afghan refugee Hazrat Wali, 18, was wounded during a fight on a footbridge at around 4.45pm on Tuesday.
He then collapsed on Craneford Way playing field near to Richmond upon Thames College, where he was studying.
Following the incident, the school confirmed it has upped its security and surveillance measures, while reiterating “safety remains our number one priority”.
In a statement, it added: “To that end, we have enhanced security and surveillance at our entrances…and are continuing to work in full co-operation with the Metropolitan police, who are handling the matter.”
Hazrat, of Notting Hill, had moved to the UK two years ago for a better life.
Tributes flooded in following news of the young man’s death, including from Richmond principal Dr Jason Jones who described him as a “bright and polite young man”.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family and friends at this difficult time,” he said.
“This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our students, parents, staff and local community.
“Hazrat had a bright future ahead of him. His friends and staff at the College will remember him fondly as a bright and polite young man, well liked by staff and his close-knit group of friends.
“The College community is hurting but we will continue to do everything that we can to support our students, staff and families during this traumatic time.”
Dr Jones went on to say the college has implemented its Emergency Response Plan to provide assistance to students.
He said that the plan has “evolved” thanks to help from the local council and mental health professionals from the community.
“We have deployed additional resources to the Student Services team who are providing support and counselling to students and staff on site,” he added.
Hazrat was stabbed in front of horrified school children using the playing field for a training session, with a PE teacher attempting to give the teen CPR.
In a statement this afternoon, the force said: “Officers investigating the murder of Hazrat Wali in Twickenham have arrested a 16-year-old boy.
“He remains in custody at a south London police station after being arrested on suspicion of murder.”
Chief Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple, commander for policing in south-west London, previously said: “Our thoughts are with the young victim and his family at this awful time.
“No young person should lose their life in London and we will do all we can to support our colleagues with their investigation.
“Local residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area.
“If anyone has any concerns, or information that could help, I encourage them to contact those officers and tell us what they know.”
Inspector Jon McLoughlin, responsible for Neighbourhood policing in Richmond borough added that high visibility foot patrols in the vicinity will continue for the rest of the week.
He said the force is also working closely with the college, its security team and the council to ensure students and residents feel safe.