Patient arrested over nurse’s death at mental health hospital

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Medic of about 60 years was stabbed fatally in Southleigh community hospital in South London

Police are appealing for witnesses

A patient has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a nurse was stabbed fatally in a mental health center.

The doctor, who was about 60 years old, suffered a series of stab wounds during the incident in Southleigh community hospital in south London. He was pronounced dead at the scene and has not yet been formally identified by police.

A 40-year-old, who police believe was a patient of the same, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder around 14:40 on Thursday. Police said he was being treated at another hospital in south London by a hand injury.

A spokesman for the Met Police said: “.. We believe that the arrested man was a patient who resides in the installation We reserve open regarding the circumstances surrounding the incident mind”

Southleigh community hospital is a private medical facilityin south Croydon providing treatment and rehabilitation for adults with mental health problems long term.

A hospital spokesman said.. “We are saddened greatly to confirm that a staff member was killed yesterday following an incident at the hospital Our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues it was a valuable and respected staff that will be deeply lost member.

“we can not say more because we are working closely with the police in their ongoing investigation into this incident.” a post-mortem examination is due to take place in Croydon morgue on Saturday.

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