Wednesday 21 March 2018

Knifeman stabs four women in London car park

A forensic officer holding an evidence bag, at the scene. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
A forensic officer holding an evidence bag, at the scene. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Rachel Burnett

A woman is fighting for her life after a knifeman ran into a London car park and indiscriminately stabbed shoppers.

Four women suffered knife wounds. One victim, in a critical condition, was airlifted to hospital.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a man in his 60s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder.

The attack, which police do not believe to be terror-related, took place at around 10.35am yesterday outside a Sainsbury's supermarket in Hampton, west London.

Ben Brady (30) who owns Jen's Salon next door to where one of the victims was treated, said the man was "waving a knife" and then attacking women as they got out of their cars.

The first victim was stabbed near a pub before the attacker moved on to another area of the car park, he said. "She had no idea what was going on," he added.

A member of staff at the nearby Hampton pub said the man "appeared to be out of it" and was only targeting women.

"The man ran through and started attacking them. It didn't seem like they knew him. It was completely unprovoked," the woman, who did not want to be named, said.

"He appeared to be out of it, on drugs or crazy. The woman who was badly stabbed in the back made it up to the police station and raised the alarm."

A police cordon remained in place around the car park and several police officers were standing guard at the scene.

Bloodstained clothes could be seen on the ground and a forensic officer was examining the area.

One of the victims went to a police office, less than 100 yards from the car park, where she was treated.

A blood-soaked jacket and first aid kit were still lying on the ground surrounded by police tape outside the Hampton and Hampton North Wards police office. The car park by the Sainsbury's store backs on to a pub, youth centre, children's hospice and school.

A police spokesman said: "Officers attended and discovered three women suffering from knife wounds. The London Ambulance Service also attended and are providing treatment to the women. Their conditions are not thought to be life-threatening or changing at this time.

"A fourth woman who had also suffered knife wounds was subsequently located at a nearby property. She has been taken to hospital where her condition is thought to be life-threatening."

Irish Independent

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