An 11-year-old girl is in critical condition after a mother and her three children were stabbed in an attempted murder in north London – as chilling photos show the aftermath at the family’s home.
The mother, in her 30s, and two other children, both under 12, are in a stable condition while their 11-year-old sister continues to fight for her life.
The family was attacked by a man, 44, at their home in Enfield with police saying he was known to the victims.
He has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and they aren’t looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.
One neighbour said that the woman was in ‘really bad shape’ and was lying next to a girl, who was also badly hurt.
This morning blood stains were pictured on the curtain of a child’s bedroom at the property in Enfield
Police at a house on Livingstone Road in Enfield, north London, where a woman and three children aged under 12 were found, all suffering from stab wounds
A police officer stood at the front of the property today, while medical equipment was also seen at the front of the house, which contained two first aid kits
The 51-year-old said: ‘I was listening to the radio and heard these screams.. They were screaming over and over like ‘ah, ah, ah’.
‘I rushed out the front and loads of people were outside. I saw this girl who lives across the road run over with water and towels to help them stop the blood.
‘I saw the woman lying outside as she was treated – she looked really bad and her daughter was there too in very bad shape.
‘The girl who was helping, she went back to the house and just collapsed into this guy’s arms. She burst into tears – it must have been so horrible for her.’
He said the Mum was ‘private’ but ‘friendly’.
He said: ‘She’s a nice person – I believe she’s from Holland originally.
‘They are a very private family but any time I’ve spoken to her she’s been really friendly.
‘She lives there alone with the kids I believe. The kids are playful, it’s so sad what’s happened. I really hope they all pull through.’
The neighbour said he saw a man being arrested at the top of the street.
He said: ‘I saw a black man wearing a red baseball cap, wearing a high vis jacket.
‘He was standing at the top of the road. Then a couple of my neighbours were very animated, gesticulating at him and shouting at him.
‘The police were there very quickly. They shouted at the guy, ”don’t move, don’t move, stay here”.
‘Then one of the police officers grabbed hold of him. The neighbours were talking considerably to the police. They were looking at the ground around him. I don’t know if there was a weapon, or what.
‘I knew it was a stabbing. The police looked shocked.’
A patch of sawdust, covering what appears to be blood, near the property in Enfield
A woman shows blood stain on a car to the police officer parked opposite the victims house on Livingstone Road, Bounds Green in Enfield
Blood stains pictured on the curtain of a child’s bedroom at the property in Enfield, a rainbow mural can be seen inside
A young woman, who chose not to be named, was visibly shaken by the incident.
She lives across the road from the victims and said: ‘I didn’t see the mum, but I saw and treated the children. We took a saucepan and water [from our house] to try and treat the wounds. I’m really shaken.’
DS Joe Stewart from Enfield CID said: ‘This was an appalling attack on a woman and her young children.
‘They have sustained very serious injuries. Our thoughts are with them as they continue to receive vital treatment in hospital.
‘Attacks like this on such young people are extremely rare.
‘At this early stage of the investigation, we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident. The attacker was known to the victims.
‘There is no further risk to the public at this time.
Neighbours said they had heard screaming coming from the property (pictured above)
‘The family understandably want privacy at this difficult time and do not wish to speak with media.
‘If you have information about this incident I would urge you to get in touch and speak with investigators.’
Livingstone Road remained closed on Saturday at the junction with the North Circular Road (A406) while police inquiries continue.
Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.