Thorpe Park stabbing: Two arrested for attempted murder after man left 'seriously injured'

Visitors locked-down at theme park after man stabbed and taken to hospital

Conrad Duncan
Saturday 18 July 2020 21:08
A crowd of people gathering at Thorpe Park in Surrey after reports of a police incident on Saturday evening
A crowd of people gathering at Thorpe Park in Surrey after reports of a police incident on Saturday evening

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed at Thorpe Park and taken to hospital, police have said.

Surrey Police said two groups of people were involved in an altercation on a bridge close to the exit of the park and a man in his 20s was subsequently treated for a slash wound to his stomach.

The two men, both aged in their 20s, were arrested on Saturday evening.

The victim's condition in hospital has been described as serious, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

South East Coast Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to the theme park at about 4.50pm following "reports of a person with an abdominal injury".

No one else was hurt at the scene and the incident is currently not thought to be terror-related.

“I’m keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who has video footage of this assault,” Detective Inspector Andy Greaves, from Surrey Police, said.

“The two groups of people were close to the exit inside the park on the bridge when the assault took place.

“We’re still trying to establish what has happened, however I’d like to stress that this incident is not being treated as terrorism-related at the current time.”

Mr Greaves added that enquiries were ongoing to locate all those believed to have been involved in the incident.

Ride-goers were locked-down inside the resort while police attended the scene, with pictures on social media showing crowds bunched up inside the park.

Thorpe Park said on-site medical staff provided emergency first aid after the incident.

In a statement, they said: "On Saturday, an incident took place at the Thorpe Park Resort where a guest was seriously injured by another guest.

"The resort's security team and fully trained medical staff were at the scene within minutes and administered immediate care until emergency services teams arrived.

"The police were alerted immediately and the resort is co-operating fully with their investigations."

The spokesperson added: “The health, safety and security of our guests is our primary objective.

“We have an excellent security track record and have never had any incidents of this kind in over 40 years.”

Additional reporting by PA

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