Man, 29, with pet ferret charged with GBH after ‘slashing worker in face’ outside Home Office

A MAN has been charged with GBH with intent after allegedly slashing a man in the face outside the Home Office.

Dominic Hornberger, 29, was arrested with a pet ferret in central London as the victim was left with blood pouring from his face.

Police rushed to the scene after a man was knifed outside the Home Office on Friday
Police rushed to the scene after a man was knifed outside the Home Office on Friday
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The man, from Birmingham, was also charged with possession of a knife in a public place.

He appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 17 August.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, 13 September.

The attack threw Britain’s knife crime epidemic into the spotlight as the civil servant was injured, while a top lawyer was knifed to death in Newcastle just days before.

Following the attack, Ms Patel ordered all staff to stop wearing ID outside the HQ.

She and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick addressed all staff from their ministries together in the building’s large atrium on Thursday afternoon to update them and offer reassurance.

The victim was taken by ambulance to hospital following the 1pm attack. Police said his injuries were not life-threatening.

A civil servant is seen with blood pouring from his face amid armed police who swooped at the Home Office after a knife attack
Reuters

A civil servant is seen with blood pouring from his face amid armed police who swooped at the Home Office after a knife attack[/caption]

The Home Office knifing suspect sat at the church's steps after the attack as his backpack and a pet box with a ferret inside are cordoned off by police
The Home Office knifing suspect sat at the church’s steps after the attack as his backpack and a pet box with a ferret inside are cordoned off by police
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