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Two police officers taken to hospital after being stabbed near Leicester Square in central London | UK News

Two male police officers are being treated in hospital after they were stabbed by a man with a knife near Leicester Square in central London.

The Metropolitan Police said a Taser was used during the incident at around 6am and a man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency worker.

The condition of the two officers is not known and their families are aware of the incident, which is not being treated as terror-related.

The man arrested was taken to a hospital for treatment where he remains at this time.

Footage from the scene shows police officers guarding an area of Whitcomb Street which has been taped off.

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A man has been arrested in connection to the incident

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said the service was called to reports of an incident in Great Windmill Street, near Shaftsbury Avenue at 6.01am.

They added that three ambulances, a medic in a response car and London’s air ambulance were dispatched to scene and that three people were treated and taken to hospital.

A view shows the scene where two policemen were stabbed, near Leicester Square, in London, Britain September 16, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson
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The scene of the stabbings near Leicester Square

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has condemned the attack and called for anyone with information about the incident to contact the police.

He described it as “utterly appalling”, adding that the officers “were doing their duty and assisting the public at this momentous time for our country”.

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Sadiq Khan on police stabbings

“My thoughts and prayers are with them, their loved ones and police colleagues following this disgraceful attack.

“Attacks against the police will not be tolerated and any perpetrators will be caught and prosecuted,” he said.

The mayor added that he has spoken with the commissioner Sir Mark Rowley and remains in close contact.

Police said inquiries into the “circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing”.

Teenager stabbed to death and another critically ill after ‘highly worrying incident’ in east London | UK News

A teenager has been stabbed to death and another is critically ill in hospital after a “highly worrying incident”.

Scotland Yard said they found two males with stab wounds after being called to a disturbance around midnight involving a “large group of people” in Lichfield Road, Tower Hamlets, east London.

A murder investigation is now under way but no arrests have been made yet, say police.

The teenager who died is believed to be aged 17, while the one taken to hospital is 18.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “This is a highly worrying incident that has left one young man dead and another fighting for his life in hospital.

“I am aware of reports saying that about a hundred people, armed with weapons were involved. This information does not appear to be wholly accurate.

“We know a significant number of people were caught up in this incident but not necessarily directly involved or armed with weapons.”

The force said it has has yet to arrest anyone in connection with the incident.

Anyone who has information that can help, including pictures or footage of the incident, is asked to call the Metropolitan Police major incident room on 020 8345 3715 quoting reference Operation Wildcast.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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A former Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle has told Sky News she feels ‘sick’ that no one has faced justice over the death of her nephew Bjorn Brown who was stabbed to death in Croydon in March 2017.

The incident comes hours after a boy, believed to be 12, was stabbed in the east London borough of Newham.

The victim was found in Plaistow and treated at the scene.

Two suspects have since been arrested, one on suspicion of GBH and another for affray, the Met confirmed.

Former Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle exclusively told Sky News of her ‘disgust’ that no one has faced justice over her nephew Bjorn Brown’s murder.

Father-of-one Mr Brown was stabbed to death in Croydon, south London in March 2017 and died from his injuries five days later.

Ms Bogle spoke out as new figures revealed 350 killings have gone unsolved in London in the past two decades – including cases in which victims have been shot, stabbed, strangled and drowned.

Meanwhile a former police constable told Sky News how a huge backlog of cases in Britain’s courts – said to be around 60,000 – could be responsible for a drop in people being jailed for knife crime.

Peter Fahy, ex-chief constable for Greater Manchester Police, said: “We need firmer police action, but there is also real concern about the huge backlog of cases in the courts.

“It’s no good police going out to arrest people if they’re then out on bail and it takes years to get people into court.”

Boy, believed to be 12, stabbed in Newham, east London and two men arrested | UK News

A boy believed to be 12 has been stabbed in Newham, east London

Metropolitan Police have said officers were called at 8.17pm to Brook’s Road in Plaistow after reporting of a stabbing.

The boy was found with a stab wound at the scene.

A Met spokesperson said: “He was treated at the scene, and we await an assessment of his condition.

“One male has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and another for affray.”

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Man stabbed to death at the Notting Hill Carnival was rapper TKorStretch from Bristol | News UK Video News

A man stabbed to death at the Notting Hill Carnival has been named as Takayo Nembhard, a 21-year-old rapper from Bristol.

Chris Patrick, who managed the rapper known as TKorStretch, said in a statement to the PA news agency: “As you can imagine we are all in shock.

“He went to Carnival with his younger sister and friends to have a good time.

“This is the worst possible ending for a talented kid.”

A murder investigation was launched after the stabbing on Monday night.

The 21-year-old had more than 300,000 plays on one of his songs on Spotify, and nearly 11,000 monthly listeners.

Mr Patrick, in a post on Instagram, recalled his first meeting with TKorStretch when the rapper was just 19.

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“That meeting took us on a journey…we recorded some great music together. His talent was endless and I can tell you guys he was close to greatness!”

He hailed his friend as a “good kid, a good guy” and said what happened “breaks my heart”.

TRORSTRETCH tribute

Police and paramedics provided first aid treatment to TKorStretch and he was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was “sickened” by the stabbing.

“Violence has no place on our streets and we are doing everything in our power to root it out,” he added.

Several other stabbings and violent incidents were also reported, police say.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said that at about 8pm on Monday evening officers became aware of a stabbing in Ladbroke Grove, under the Westway flyover.

Mobility scooter rider Thomas O’Halloran was repeatedly stabbed in neck and chest, court hears | UK News

A man who was killed while riding a mobility scooter was repeatedly stabbed in the neck, chest and abdomen, a court has heard.

Thomas O’Halloran, 87, died in Greenford, west London, on Tuesday 16 August after what prosecutors described as a “vicious attack”.

Lee Byer, 44, is charged with Mr O’Halloran’s murder in a case set to go to trial in May.

During a pre-trial hearing this morning, the Old Bailey heard that Mr O’Halloran told a passerby he had been stabbed, though wounds to his body were clearly visible.

Police received a 999 call from a member of the public who found the victim travelling in his scooter from a passageway that runs between Runneymede Gardens and Welland Gardens.

The police arrived within minutes to find Mr O’Halloran had collapsed and was being helped by members of the public.

Police and medics took over first aid but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.54pm.

A post-mortem examination found the grandfather, who was known “throughout the local community”, had sustained multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen.

Byer, of no fixed address, was charged on 19 August with Mr O’Halloran’s murder and possessing a large knife.

Salman Rushdie: World reacts as controversial author stabbed in New York state | World News

The stabbing of author Sir Salman Rushdie has shocked and horrified fellow writes and world leaders, with many praising him as a defender of free speech.

The 75-year-old remains on a ventilator after being airlifted to hospital and undergoing hours of surgery following the attack in New York state.

And messages of support have been pouring in for the Indian-born British author.

Fellow novelist Ian McEwan said: “This appalling attack on my dear friend Salman represents an assault on freedom of thought and speech.

“These are the freedoms that underpin all our rights and liberties. Salman has been an inspirational defender of persecuted writers and journalists across the world.”

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Norwegian William Nygaard, who was shot and severely wounded in 1993 after publishing Sir Salman’s work, said: “He is a leading author who has meant so much to literature, and he had found a good life in the United States.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “Shocked and appalled to hear of the unprovoked and senseless attack on Sir Salman Rushdie.

“Freedom of expression is a value we hold dear and attempts to undermine it must not be tolerated. My thoughts are with Sir Salman and his family.”

Boris Johnson said: “Appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie has been stabbed while exercising a right we should never cease to defend.

“We are all hoping he is okay.”

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “For 33 years, Salman Rushdie has embodied freedom and the fight against obscurantism… His battle is ours, a universal one.”

Melvyn Bragg, Ian McEwan Sir Salman Rushdie poses at Sir Salman Rushdie Book Launch Party at the The Collection on Friday September 14, 2012 in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
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Ian McEwan and Sir Salman Rushdie

Multimillion-selling horror writer Stephen King tweeted: “I hope Salman Rushdie is okay.” before adding “What kind of ***hat stabs a writer, anyway? F*****!”

Comedian and author David Baddiel tweeted: “It’s appalling what has happened to Salman Rushdie. It’s also appalling that there are people who will think he brought it on himself or somehow deserved it.”

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said: “Today, the country and the world witnessed a reprehensible attack against the writer Salman Rushdie. This act of violence is appalling.

“All of us in the Biden-Harris Administration are praying for his speedy recovery. We are thankful to good citizens and first responders for helping Mr Rushdie so quickly after the attack and to law enforcement for its swift and effective work, which is ongoing.”

And Suzanne Nossel, of free expression group Pen America, said: “While we do not know the origins or motives of this attack, all those around the world who have met words with violence or called for the same are culpable for legitimising this assault on a writer while he was engaged in his essential work of connecting to readers.”

Sir Salman Rushdie: Satanic Verses author is on a ventilator and may lose eye after he was stabbed on stage, says agent | US News

Author Salman Rushdie will likely lose an eye and has suffered severed nerves in an arm and damage to his liver after he was stabbed, his agent has said.

The 75-year-old remains on a ventilator after being airlifted to hospital and undergoing hours of surgery following the attack in New York state.

“The news is not good. Salman will likely lose one eye, the nerves in his arm were severed, and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” Andrew Wylie said in a written statement.

The Indian-born British author was being introduced to the audience ahead of giving a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution, when a man stormed the stage and began attacking him, according to witnesses.

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As Sir Salman fell to the floor, the man was pinned down by audience members and staff who ran on stage. The suspect was arrested by a state trooper soon after, and is now in custody.

He has been identified as 24-year-old Hadi Matar from Fairview, New Jersey, who bought a pass for the event. Police say they do not yet know a motive for the assault, but they believe the suspect was acting alone.

A person was pictured being detained outside the Chautauqua Institution. Photo: AP
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A person was pictured being detained outside the Chautauqua Institution. Photo: AP

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Witness Pilar Pintagro told Sky News: “We were very scared because the first place (he was stabbed) was in the neck and that’s where the blood started to splash everywhere, and then he stabbed him in the shoulders and continued stabbing several times because it was so fast.

“People from the audience actually jumped onto the stage to try to put him down and Salman was trying to walk away from this guy, but he continued stabbing several times, and he was finally pinned down.”

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Sir Salman was airlifted to hospital

‘In shock’

The writer was helped by a doctor who was in the audience before emergency services arrived.

Police said the event’s moderator, Henry Reese, suffered a minor head injury after also being attacked.

Another witness Julia Mineeva Braun told Sky News that as Sir Salman was being introduced “all of a sudden from the left-hand side of the stage a short man, (dressed) all in black, ran out, and he approached Mr Rushdie”.

“It was very quick… we thought he was fixing his microphone, and then we saw the knife. He started stabbing him in the neck first… and Mr Rushdie got up and started running. We’re still in shock.”

Rushdie continued to write despite threat to life

Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born British author whose writing about religion and politics has made him controversial in some parts of the world.

His first three novels – Grimus (1975), Midnight’s Children (1981) and Shame (1983) – were all met with praise but it was his fourth – The Satanic Verses – that brought criticism.

Some of the scenes in the 1988 book depict a character modelled on the Prophet Muhammad and this was met with anger from some members of the Muslim community in the UK.

Protests spread to Pakistan in January 1989 and the following month, the spiritual leader of revolutionary Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, condemned the book and issued a fatwa against him.

A bounty was offered for his death. Rushdie went into hiding under the protection of Scotland Yard in the UK, although he appeared in public occasionally.

Despite the threat to his life, he continued to write and in 1998 the Iranian government said it would no longer enforce the fatwa. But Ayatollah Khomeini’s successor as Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in 2005 that the fatwa was still valid.

Rushdie wrote about his experience in the third-person memoir Joseph Anton in 2012. He was knighted in 2007, a move that was criticised by the Iranian and Pakistani governments.

Sir Salman’s publisher Penguin Random House said they were “deeply shocked” by the incident.

“We condemn this violent public assault, and our thoughts are with Salman and his family at this distressing time.”

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan described the attack as “appalling”, adding: “We’re thankful to good citizens and first responders for helping him so swiftly.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter he was “appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie has been stabbed while exercising a right we should never cease to defend”.

He added: “Right now my thoughts are with his loved ones. We are all hoping he is okay.”

Sir Salman lives in New York City and became a US citizen in 2016. His lecture was expected to discuss America’s role as an asylum for writers and other artists in exile, and as a home for freedom of creative expression.

Novelist Salman Rushdie holds paperback copy of his controversial novel. "The Satanic Verses" March 4, 1992. Pic: AP
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His fourth book, The Satanic Verses, was banned in 1988 in a number of countries with large Muslim populations, including Iran, after it was considered by some to contain blasphemous passages.

In 1989, Iran’s then leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Sir Salman’s death.

The Middle East country also offered a bounty of more than $3m for anyone who kills the writer.

Boy, 15, stabbed to death as witnesses describe ‘gang of 70 youths’ | UK News

A teenage boy has died after being stabbed in north London, with police appealing to witnesses who may have seen the attack.

Officers were called to Highbury Fields, Islington, just before 9pm on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police said.

A 15-year-old was treated at the scene, but he died a short time later in hospital.

His identity has not been confirmed, although police said his next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

There have been no arrests and inquiries into the circumstances are continuing, Scotland Yard said as it launched a murder investigation, led by Detective Chief Inspector Joanna Yorke.

She said: “My team is working hard to piece together the schedule of events that led to this tragic loss of a young life, but we still need information from people who saw what happened.

“Were you there? Did you capture any footage? Do you know who was responsible for the attack on the victim?

“Even if your information seems insignificant, please do the right thing and share what you know. If you don’t want to speak directly to police Crimestoppers, they won’t even ask you for your name.

“A young life has been brutally ended and a family is struggling to come to terms with their loss – if you can help please don’t hesitate.”

Local MP Jeremy Corbyn said: “Devastating news of the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Highbury Fields yesterday. My thoughts are with their family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Gang of ‘around 70 youths’ spotted at the scene

The cordon surrounding Highbury Fields, which covers the whole park, will be in place for “at least the rest of the day” and possibly for a couple of days, police at the scene said.

Albina, who lives locally and wished to be known only by her first name, said her daughter witnessed a gang of “around 70” youths approaching the park approximately an hour before the stabbing.

She said her daughter, a teacher, was walking with her 15-year-old son at about 7.45pm when she saw the group, which she guessed included children as young as 15.

Kimberley Patton-Bragg and Michael Bragg, visiting London from New Orleans, said they witnessed a police presence as a group of between 15 and 20 young people became “heated” at about 7pm.

Ms Patton-Bragg said: “Kids – it was definitely kids – were being rambunctious, and it was definitely getting heated.”

The couple were sitting inside their AirBnB, which faces on to the park, with the windows open when they saw the situation develop.

Mr Bragg said: “You could feel it building, at some point the groups became larger.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 7948/4Aug. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Murder investigation launched after 15-year-old boy stabbed in London | UK News

Police have launched a murder investigation following the stabbing of a boy, believed to be a 15-year-old, in London.

New Scotland Yard said officers and paramedics were called to Highbury Fields park in north London just before 9pm on Thursday.

A boy was found with stab wounds. Although he was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, he died a short time later.

A crime scene has now been put in place, the Metropolitan Police said, adding that inquiries are ongoing to inform the boy’s next of kin.

A large police cordon is now in place around the park with officers present.

The cordon is expected to be in place for “a few days” according to one officer who spoke at the scene to a local reporter from MyLondon.

No arrests have yet been made and the investigation into the stabbing are ongoing.

Homicide detectives from the Met’s specialist crime directorate – which investigates murder and organised crime – have been informed.

London teenage homicides: Grim rollcall of young victims killed in capital in 2021

Teenage victims

A total of 30 teenagers were murdered in the capital in 2021.

The number surpasses both the 27 killings seen in 2017, which had been the highest in recent years, and the previous peak of 29 teenage homicides in London in 2008.

Between January and June of this year there were 49 homicides in total in London, although victims’ ages are not included in the Metropolitan Police’s crime data dashboard.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 7948/4AUG. Alternatively people can speak anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Charley Bates: Family pays tribute to ‘beautiful’ 16-year-old boy stabbed to death in Somerset town | UK News

A “beautiful” 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in Somerset has been named as Charley Bates as his family has paid tribute.

Charley died in The Street in the town of Radstock on Sunday evening.

Emergency services had been called to a car park there around 6.40pm following reports of disorder involving a number of people.

Charley, who lived in the area, was found critically injured and, despite the efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The teenager’s family said: “Our beautiful Charley Boy. We are all so very proud of you. You are desperately missed by so many.”

Police charged 18-year-old Joshua Delbono, of Frome, with murder on Tuesday.

He was due to appear at Bath Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Three other people have been arrested by officers investigating Charley’s death.

A 20-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man were detained on suspicion of murder, while another man, also 18, was held on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

The woman has since been released under investigation, while the two men remain in custody for further questioning.

Avon and Somerset Police said Year 11 pupils in the area are being offered support by school staff.

And any young people affected by the incident can talk to youth workers who have set up a drop-in.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to call 101 and give the reference 5222182800.