Police arrest 39 people for attempted murder over stabbing

Scotland Yard said an argument broke out in a shop.

Nearly 40 people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a "minor argument" turned into a stabbing.

A man in his 30s was left fighting for his life after the incident in Hammersmith, west London, in the early hours of Monday morning.

Scotland Yard said the victim was chased by a group of men and women from a shop on Fulham Palace Road - outside which a pool of blood could be seen.

Two knives were later found nearby.

Police officers then arrested 39 people at a property on an adjacent road after they failed to cooperate.

The Met was called to reports of a stabbing shortly before 1am.

Neighbours of a flat in Greyhound Road, where the arrests are believed to have been made, said the group contained teenagers or people in their early 20s.

One witness saw police in the street after the stabbing.

"It was a bit mad," he said. "I woke up about 3am and there was about 25 police officers down here and about 30 or so people - some handcuffed, some weren't handcuffed.

"More people came out of there (the flat) and more police went in there."

The stabbing took place on Fulham Palace Road in Hammersmith.

Superintendent Mark Lawrence, said: "What appears to have been a minor argument has resulted in a man sustaining life-threatening injuries.

"Officers were quickly on the scene and provided him with first aid prior to the arrival of our colleagues in the LAS.

"He has been taken to hospital where he continues to receive treatment for his injuries.

"Whilst it is unusual for so many people to be arrested in the early stages of an investigation such as this, due to a lack of co-operation and the necessity of securing essential evidence following a serious assault, this action was appropriate."