Child in critical condition after receiving burns during a carol service

A young boy who suffered serious burns during a school Christmas carol event at a south London church is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Three people, including the boy, were injured during the incident at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church on Bingham Road, Croydon, at around 2.10pm on Wednesday.

The child, who is understood to be between the ages of seven and 10, was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

A man and a woman were also taken to hospital by road.

The boy was attending a carol service with pupils from St Thomas Becket Catholic Primary School, which is less than a mile away from the church.

The school confirmed to the PA news agency that it was aware of the incident and will be releasing a statement on Thursday.

Members of the Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade all attended the scene.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the boy was still critical but in a stable condition in hospital on Thursday morning.

The Catholic church is part of the Archdiocese of Southwark.

A statement from the Archdiocese on Thursday said: "The Archdiocese of Southwark was informed of an incident that occurred at Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church in Addiscombe, which led to a child suffering serious burns and two adults also sustaining injuries.

"At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the child and those injured, their families, and the school and parish community. The Archdiocese and school involved are co-operating fully with the ongoing investigation."

The Met said: "Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 2.21pm on Wednesday, December 11.

"A young boy was reported to have received serious burns during a Christmas event.

"The child has been taken to hospital, his next of kin have been informed."

A spokesman from the London Ambulance Service previously said: "We dispatched two ambulance crews, an emergency responder, a medic in a car and an incident response officer to the scene. We also dispatched a trauma team from London's Air Ambulance."

The London Fire Brigade and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were also informed after the incident.

An investigation will now be opened into the incident by either HSE or Croydon Council.

An HSE spokesman said: "HSE has been informed by the emergency services, who have led the initial response. We will liaise with the local authority to establish which agency is best placed to take this forward."