- 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder
A 60-year-old man who was stabbed at Oxford Circus in central London has died, the police said on Friday.
The incident happened on Thursday, 1 July, close to the junction with Regent Street, W1.
Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, from Specialist Crime Command, described the attack as “random and unprovoked assault.”
James Sexton tweeted on Thursday that “Just witnessed a horrific stabbing of a poor 60yr old man at Oxford Circus. Broad daylight, no apparent rhyme or reason. Just another scumbag with a knife. His family probably aren’t even aware yet”
Officers attended the scene with London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance and found a 60-year-old man with stab injuries.
He was then taken to the hospital, where he later died.
His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.
A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.
A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene yesterday on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.
The police have now upgraded the charges to murder, and the suspect remains in custody at a Central Hospital police station.
Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall said, “We are not actively looking for anybody else in connection with the incident. I would like to reassure the public that he is not believed to be linked to terrorism.”
She added, “It is clear that this area of Oxford Circus was very busy at the time of the attack. Members of the public intervened to detain the suspect, and I hope to trace and speak to them to secure their accounts and offer support.
“In particular, I would like to trace two young males with skateboards who led this intervention.
“I am appealing to any person who witnessed the assault, or who has mobile phone footage, to contact us.
“I am also appealing to the owners of any passing cars with dashcams to check whether they have recorded the incident.”
The police are appealing to anyone with useful information to call 101 quoting CAD 7129/01Jul or call anonymously at 0800 555 111.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.