Armed police deployed to rail and tube stations across London

Armed, uniformed and plain clothes police have been deployed to mainland and tube stations in London in response to a double stabbing at a London tube station on Saturday night.

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Leytonstone tube station stabbing victim 'begged for help'

Salim Patel, who works as a Shopkeeper at Leytonstone underground station. Credit: PA

A shopkeeper who witnessed the knife attack at Leytonstone tube station has described seeing a victim begging for help on the floor as he was punched, kicked and stabbed.

Salim Patel, 59, who runs the station shop and saw the attack unfold, said: "I was just at the shop when the train arrived and people came off.

I heard some shouting, but sometimes drunk people shout. Then I saw the guy attacking the victim, punching him so hard. The victim was screaming 'please somebody help me. Help'.

Then the attacker started kicking him on the floor. I think the victim was unconscious, he passed out. Then the attacker took a knife out and started stabbing him as he lay on the floor.

The victim did not shout anything. I think he was unconscious. The attacker was saying something, I couldn't hear what.

– Salim Patel

A 56-year-old man suffered "serious" knife wounds, Scotland Yard said, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

He was taken by the London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

A second man sustained a minor injury during the incident but did not require medical assistance, while a woman was threatened but not injured.

A 29-year-old man was subdued by Taser and arrested at the scene.


Amateur video shows police confronting 'terror stabbing' suspect

Amateur video obtained by ITV News shows people trying to get away from Leytonstone station as police confront the alleged attacker. Police say a taser was discharged during the arrest.

Witnesses say that after his arrest, he shouted: "This is for Syria."

ITV News correspondent Duncan Golestani reports:

Man reportedly shouted 'this is for Syria' after stabbing

The stabbings took place just after 7pm at Leytonstone tube station. Credit: PA

An eyewitness of the stabbing attack in east London has told ITV News that he shouted "this is for Syria" after the attack.

The incident just after 7pm on Saturday is being treated as a terrorist incident by police.

One man was seriously injured and two sustained minor injuries, police said.


Police treating Leytonstone stabbings as terror attacks

Police have confirmed they are treating multiple stabbings at Leytonstone station as a terror attack.

Police were called at 7:06pm to reports of a number of people stabbed at the station.

The man was reportedly threatening other people with a knife.

One man has sustained serious knife injuries - these are not believed at this stage to be life-threatening. Two other people have sustained minor injuries.

We are treating this as a terrorist incident. I would urge the public to remain calm, but alert and vigilant.

The threat from terrorism remains at severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.

I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Leytonstone underground station earlier this evening at around 7pm who saw anything suspicious to call the anti-terror hotline on 0800 789 321.

Anyone who may have captured video or photographic footage of the incident is also urged to make contact with the Counter Terrorism Command via the Anti Terror hotline.

– Commander Richard Walton, who leads the Met's Counter Terrorism Command
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Arrest after reports of stabbing at Leytonstone station

Police at the scene Credit: ITV News

A man has been arrested after reports of a stabbing at Leytonstone station.

A Met Police spokesman said they were called just after 7pm to reports of a stabbing and people being threatened by a man with a knife outside the station.

The police are looking into whether there was more than one injury and how severe the injuries are.

The man was tasered and arrested.

Police were called at 7:06pm on Saturday, 5 December, to reports of a stabbing at Leytonstone underground station. The male suspect was reportedly threatening other people with a knife. Met officers attended the scene.

A man was arrested at 7.14pm and taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody. A Taser was discharged by one of the Met officers. Officers from British Transport Police are now dealing with the incident at the scene. We are aware of one man having sustained serious stab injuries. We await details of any other injuries.

– Met Police statement
Police at the scene Credit: ITV News

Transport police confirm man taken to hospital after Leytonstone stabbing

British Transport Police have confirmed that a man has been taken to hospital and is currently receiving treatment after a reported stabbing at Leytonstone tube station earlier this evening.

Police outside the station this evening Credit: ITV News

A BTP spokesman said:

We were called to Leytonstone London Underground station on Saturday 5 December following reports of a stabbing at 7.06pm.

Officers from BTP and Metropolitan Police attended the station and a man was arrested at the scene and is currently in police custody.

Medics from London Ambulance Service also attended and a man has been taken to hospital where he is receiving treatment."

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