Tuesday 21 November 2017

Man arrested as frenzied knife attack claims six lives

Tom Pough in London

SIX people, including three young children, were confirmed dead after a crazed knifeman went on the rampage in Jersey yesterday.

The attack spilled from a flat and into the street in an area described by a detective as "one of the safest places in the western world".

The victims were two women, one man and three young children believed to be Jersey residents but whose identities have not been disclosed.

A 30-year-old man was last night under arrest at Jersey General Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery.

Inquiries were continuing to establish a motive but it is understood no one else was being sought over the attacks, which shocked the close-knit community.

Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull, leading the inquiry, said: "It goes without saying that when you are dealing with multiple deaths, of men and women and, in particular young children, you would be inhuman not to be shaken."

Speaking at a news conference, he added: "Jersey is an incredibly safe island, probably one of the safest places in the western world and incidents of this nature are an extremely rare occurrence."

The alarm was raised just after 3pm by a member of the public reporting a multiple stabbing at a flat at Victoria Crescent, Upper Midvale Road, St Helier.

Five people were initially confirmed dead but a sixth victim -- a woman -- was later also pronounced dead at Jersey General Hospital. It is unclear what relationship the victims may have had.

The hospital's emergency department was closed for more than two hours due to the volume of victims being admitted, and staff were called in on days off to help stretched colleagues.

At the scene, witness Andre Thorpe said: "I saw police come running out with a child, it was a small child. I just saw the legs. They went off in an ambulance."

Mr Thorpe said he believed all the victims were members of the same family and a neighbour thought they were Polish but police were unable to confirm this.

Irish Independent

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