London sword stabbing: Schoolboy killed after man filmed wielding weapon

Max Corstorphan
The Nightly
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Police tasered and arrested a man after a stabbing was reported near Hainault in east London. (AP PHOTO)
Police tasered and arrested a man after a stabbing was reported near Hainault in east London. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP

A schoolboy is dead and a man has been arrested after a terrifying sword rampage in suburban London, leaving multiple others stabbed near a tube station.

In eerily similar scenes to the Bondi Junction stabbing, a man was captured on video wielding a blade causing panic among those nearby.

The ordeal began when reports flooded into emergency services about a man brandishing a sword near a London Underground station, sparking panic among locals.

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The incident that left five people wounded, including two police officers, involved a man jumping across rooftops to avoid law enforcement in Hainault, near London’s border with Essex, on Tuesday evening.

Doorbell footage from the scene captured the tense moments as officers confronted the suspect, urging him to surrender.

However, the man persisted, eventually prompting a dramatic take down by law enforcement personnel.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell of The Metropolitan Police conveyed his condolences, confirming the tragic death of the young victim and expressing support for the grieving family.

“It is with great sadness that I confirm that one of those injured in the incident, a 14-year-old boy, has died from their injuries,” Mr Bell announced on Wednesday morning.

“The child’s family are being supported firstly by my local officers and now with some specialist officers and everyone across the (Metropolitan Police) is keeping them in our thoughts at this unimaginably difficult time.”

Eyewitnesses recounted harrowing scenes of chaos and bravery as police officers worked to neutralize the threat.

University student Evelina Deliu described the intense efforts required to subdue the suspect, highlighting the remarkable courage displayed by law enforcement personnel.

“When I woke up, I looked out of my window. The police were shouting ‘get down, get down’.

“They were screaming at him to stop resisting. It took six or seven people to get him down, and a lady (police officer) too.”

At one point in the tense operation, the sword-wielding man entered the gardens of local homes prompting one police officer to scream to residents urging them to “lock your doors.”

Amidst the shock and grief, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned the violence, emphasising that such acts have no place in society.

His sentiments were echoed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who praised the courage of emergency responders and urged the public to await official updates from authorities.

As investigations into the incident continue, authorities have assured the public that they do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the community.

While the motive behind the attack remains unclear, officials have stated that terrorism is not suspected.

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