A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder (Image: ROB WELHAM / McLELLAN)

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A teenage woman was left fighting for her life after she was stabbed in a Sainsbury's car park in broad daylight.

Police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack in Hornchurch, East London, this afternoon.

Paramedics and an air ambulance were called to the scene outside the store shortly after 4pm.

A cordon has been put in place outside the supermarket.

In a statement police said the victim, believed to be 18, was taken to hospital with knife injuries.

A Met Police spokeswoman said: "Police were called shortly after 16:10hrs on Monday, 28 June following reports of a stabbing in car park in Billet Lane, Hornchurch.

The stabbing happened shortly after 4pm today

"Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and a woman, believed to be 18, was found with knife injuries.

"She was taken to hospital and we await an update on her condition.

"A 27- year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder.

"A crime scene remains in place as officers continue their investigation."