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60-year-old man dies after ‘random and unprovoked’ stabbing attack in Oxford Circus

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A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a 60-year-old man who was stabbed in a “random and unprovoked” attack in central London.

The victim, who has not yet been named, was found injured following the incident in Oxford Circus, near Regent Street, at around 8pm on Thursday.

He later died in hospital.

A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon and has now been arrested on suspicion of murder.

He remains in custody at a central London police station.

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Police said officers are hoping to trace members of the public who “intervened to detain the suspect” to get their accounts of the attack.

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In particular, they are looking to talk to “two young males with skateboards” who led the intervention.

One witness told the Press Association he saw people grab the suspect and disarm him.

The passerby, who asked not to be named, said members of the public “detained him and put the knife in a cylinder”.

They added: “One man grabbed him and soon after the police were there holding him down and he was shouting. I couldn’t hear what he was saying though.”

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, from the Specialist Crime Command, said: “This is being treated as a random and unprovoked assault and we are not actively looking for anybody else in connection with the incident.

“I would like to reassure the public that this is not believed to be linked to terrorism.”

People with mobile phone footage of the attack or those who witnessed the assault are urged to contact the police and owners of any passing cars with dashcams are encouraged to check whether they have recorded it.

Anyone who can help the investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 7129/01Jul. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 Sky News

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Written by: Rother Radio News


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