Trafalgar Square stabbing: Metropolitan Police cordon off London tourist hotspot after man knifed

Multiple police cars rush and officers move public away from scene

Chris Baynes
Wednesday 21 August 2019 23:46
Police cordoned off part of Trafalgar Square following a stabbing
Police cordoned off part of Trafalgar Square following a stabbing

A man has been stabbed in London‘s Trafalgar Square.

Police officer were called to the tourist hotspot following reports of a knife attack on Wednesday night. At least five squad cars and two police vans attended, along with paramedics, and large sections of the square were taped off.

The victim, who has not been identified, was found suffering from stab injuries, the Metropolitan Police said. The force could not immediately give details of his condition.

The incident is not being treated as terrorism and initial enquiries indicate the victim and the suspect may be known to each other, Scotland Yard added. No arrests have been made.

Trafalgar Square is one of London’s busiest tourist attractions, and is the site of the National Portrait Gallery and St Martin-in-the-Fields church.

Footage posted on social media showed multiple police cars in the square and officers moving bystanders back from the scene of the stabbing.

One onlooker posted: “Something’s going down in Trafalgar Square ... 8 police and ambulance. All roped off. Hope no-one badly hurt.”

Scotland Yard said: “A crime scene and road closures are in place. Motorists advised to avoid the area.

“No arrests at this early stage; inquiries continue.”