Police have arrested thirty-nine people after a man was chased by a group of men and women and then stabbed in west London over a ‘minor argument’ in a shop.
The victim, who is in his mid-30s, is currently fighting for his life after a knife attack in Hammersmith at about 1am this morning.
It is believed that the man had got into an altercation with several people at a nearby shop, thought to be a Sainsbury’s Local, before being chased.
The group then fled into a nearby house party, and after the occupants refused to co-operate with police, 39 people inside the property with arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to several different police stations across the city.
A tattoo parlour, a pub and a Sainsbury’s supermarket are all within the cordon, while a Conservative Association office is nearby.
Police have arrested thirty nine people after a man was chased by a group of men and women and then stabbed in west London
Police officers on the scene shortly after 39 people were arrested at a house party following a stabbing nearby
A neighbour, Mason El Hage, 22, said he saw around 50 police officers interrogate around 30 to 40 young men and women as they were lined up on the road.
‘I have never seen something like that in my life. It was very extreme in terms of the amount of people involved,’ he said.
The graphic designer said he heard noise and dogs barking at around 1.30am and looked outside believing it was a drugs raid.
‘After that, three riot vans rocked up and about 50 police officers marched down the road, went into the house next door and brought around 30 to 40 people outside,’ he said.
‘They lined them up and interrogated them for about an hour.’
Mr El Hage said the group, including young men and women were arrested in ‘single file’ in a ‘very, very swift operation’.
Polive officers cordoned off a road in Hammersmith, west London in the early hours of this morning following a stabbing
It is believed that the man had got into an altercation with several people at a nearby shop, thought to be a Sainsbury’s Local, before being chased by the group
Neighbours of the flat in Greyhound Road, where the arrests are believed to have been made, said a group of people outside at about 11pm on Sunday, while others could be seen in a first floor window.
One woman said they were in their late teens or early 20s and the atmosphere appeared to be ‘quite relaxed and chilled’.
‘We just heard normal talking. It sounded like squealing girls like you get on a night out,’ she said.
Her friend, who is visiting London for New Year’s Eve, saw police in the street after the stabbing.
‘It was a bit mad,’ he said. ‘I woke up about 3am and there was about 25 police officers down here and about 30 or so people; some handcuffed, some weren’t handcuffed.
‘More people came out of there [the flat] and more police went in there. At about 5am, the forensics turned up.’
The victim, who is in his 30s, is currently fighting for his life after a knife attack in Hammersmith at about 1am this morning
Officers rushed to the scene and a total of 39 people were arrested at a house near the scene of the attack on suspicion of attempted murder
The London Ambulance Service treated the man at the scene before he was transferred to a nearby hospital
Metropolitan Police confirmed that two knives had been recovered at the scene of the attack.
The London Ambulance Service treated the man at the scene before he was transferred to a nearby hospital, where he is now in a stable but critical condition.
Superintendent Mark Lawrence said: ‘What appears to have been a minor argument has resulted in a man sustaining life-threatening injuries.
‘Officers were quickly on the scene and provided him with first aid prior to the arrival of our colleagues in the LAS.
‘He has been taken to hospital where he continues to receive treatment for his injuries.
‘Whilst it is unusual for so many people to be arrested in the early stages of an investigation such as this, due to a lack of co-operation and the necessity of securing essential evidence following a serious assault, this action was appropriate.’
A police officer stands guard after a section of Fulham Palace Road was sectioned off following a stabbing this morning