A neighbour has said a “family orientated” estate has been left in “shock” after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed.

Police cordoned off Upper Fosters in New Brent Street in Hendon, following reports of a stabbing at 6.10pm yesterday. A cordon remains in place at this time.

The Met Police say the boy is in a critical condition in hospital.

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A police car and cordon outside Upper Fosters

Speaking to the Barnet Times, a person who says they spoke to a passer-by who tried to treat the boy, told us he was stabbed in the stomach.

A cordon remains in place in New Brent Street.

Following the stabbing, a neighbour said: “We are in complete shock. This is such a family orientated area and something like this has never happened before in all the years I have lived here.

“There are forensics everywhere and cordons. We hear about the stabbings all the time in London but you never expect it to happen on your doorstep.”

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Forensics and police officers outside Upper Fosters yesterday evening

A second cordon was in place outside Longford Court in Belle Vue Road, Hendon, on the other side of Brent Street, just yards from the stabbing at Upper Fosters.

A picture, uploaded to Facebook, shows a police car blocking off the road, alongside a police van with tape stretched across the street.

The Met Police have not yet confirmed why a cordon was outside Longford Court.

No arrests have been made in connection with the New Brent Street stabbing.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 5088/dec27. or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.