A man was chased through London’s Hyde Park by a gang wielding machetes last night before being hacked to the ground with foot-long blades in front of screaming onlookers.
Shocking footage posted on social media shows a sprawling confrontation between a large group of youths and what appears to be a single victim in a black tracksuit.
As members of the public fled in terror, the gang pursued the victim through the park before he slipped and fell to the ground enabling them to punch and kick him in the head.
On one video that was widely shared, a hysterical woman watching on screams: ‘He got stabbed! There’s a knife, there’s a knife! Oh my God, oh s***, oh God oh God!’
This is the shocking scene as a man was stabbed at 9pm yesterday in Hyde Park in London
One man has been stabbed following a fight in Hyde Park at 9pm. The victim has been rushed to hospital for treatment
One person videoing the attack followed one of the suspected knife men
Police cordoned off an area of the park ahead of a forensic examination of the scene
Police confirmed at this stage they have not made any arrests following last night’s incident
There were at least five knife attacks in London since Saturday, including two murders and an assault on a police dog
Another clip, when the man is already lying prone, shows a man standing over him deliver a blow to his midriff.
Using street slang for a stabbing, a male voice in the crowd says: ‘He bored him! Oh s*** he bored him!’
As the clip finishes, the victim is lying motionless on his back. He was rushed to a central London hospital and police said last night they believed he would survive.
Hyde Park, London’s biggest, was still busy after the hottest day of the year when the shocking incident unfolded at around 9pm last night.
Several of the gang attacking the man appeared to be wielding long weapons, which witnesses described as ‘swords’ and ‘machetes’.
Officers are appealing for the public’s help in trying to identify the attackers.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 21:00hrs on Tuesday 1 June to reports of an assault in Hyde Park.
‘Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. They found a male suffering from stab injuries.
‘He has been taken to hospital for treatment.’
The MPS Westminster Twitter account added: ‘Officers remain in Hyde Park following a stabbing earlier this evening.
‘At this early stage there have been no arrests and enquiries are ongoing.’
A later update said the man’s injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
Dozens of people fled the scene when they spotted the group of men carrying long knives
One of the witnesses claimed the men were carrying ‘zombie-style’ knives
Shocking footage showed a group of people attacking a man. One person was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment
A cordon remained in place in the park through the night, with forensics officers scouring for evidence and uniformed officers interviewing witnesses.
The Met said an increased police presence would continue into this morning.
It was the latest violent attack in London since Friday, which has seen two people murdered and a police dog stabbed in the head in unrelated incidents.
Earlier, a 23-year-old man was left fighting or his life after being stabbed in the face in Lewisham, south London.
Police were approached by the victim at 7.38pm yesterday in Hither Green Lane. He was rushed to a south London hospital where his condition is described as ‘life-threatening’.
Forensics officers have secured the scene in order to search for evidence.
Scotland Yard confirmed no arrests have yet been made in connection with the incident.
A Section 60 Order has been placed across Lewisham until 7am allowing police additional stop and search powers.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 with reference CAD 7106/1 June.
In a weekend of violence, a police dog was stabbed in the head while a 55-year-old flower seller was murdered close to his stall in North London.
Police dog Kaiser was stabbed five times in the top of his head and a further wound under his eye while trying to detain a suspect in Orpington on Sunday night
Tony Eastlake, 55, known as the ‘flower man of Islington’ was knifed to death shortly before 5.30pm on Saturday.
Police said on Tuesday that a 20-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of his murder and that at this early stage, it is believed that the suspect was known to the victim.
On Sunday night in Orpington Police Dog Kaiser was patrolling with his handler Pc Mark Woolcott when they are tasked with investigating reports of an intruder in the back of a house.
According to Scotland Yard, while trying to subdue the man, Kaiser was stabbed up to five times on the top of his head and once below his eye.
The man responsible for the attack has been detained under the mental health act.
A police officer also suffered a broken wrist in the incident.
Superintendent Emma Richards, from the Met’s Taskforce said: ‘The events of Sunday night are a reminder of the risks that our men, women and animals face on the frontline. We ask them to go towards danger and uncertainty on a daily basis in order to keep the public safe and I am proud that they do so with such commitment and bravery each and every time.’
Tony Eastlake, pictured, was stabbed to death around 5.30pm on Saturday near his flower stall in Islington, north London. A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with his death
Mr Eastlake’s dog, Ralph, pictured, was brought to a vigil for his owner organised by the Islington Community Group
Mourners left floral tributes near the scene where Mr Eastlike was killed on Saturday
Mr Eastlake’s daughter Paige, left, supported his partner Lisa Maggs, right, during the vigil
In Edgware, north London ten males aged from their teens to early 20s have been arrested after a teenager was knifed to death in a north London park.
Police are appealing for information after officers were called at 5.54pm on Bank Holiday Monday to Montrose Park, Edgware, following reports of a group of males fighting.
An 18-year-old male was found suffering from a stab injury in a tennis court area of the park.
He was treated by London’s Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service at the scene but despite the best efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at 7.19pm.
Ten youths have been arrested after an 18-year-old man was stabbed to death in Edgware on Monday. The suspects, aged from their early teens to early 20s were arrested of offences ranging from affray and murder
A post-mortem examination is expected to be held on Thursday and while officers believe they know the identity of the deceased, efforts to inform his next of kin continue.
The 10 males aged from their early teens to early 20s have been arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of offences including affray and murder and are all being questioned in police custody.