A 60 -year-old man has died after being stabbed as part of a ‘random and unprovoked assault’ at Oxford Circus.
A 25-year-old man was arrested after he was detained by members of the public at the scene on Thursday evening (July 1).
The man who was detained was taken to a South London hospital for treatment for a head injury, which is not believed to be life-threatening.
He has now been charged with murder and remains in custody.
Central London was plunged into chaos when shortly after 8pm the man was stabbed in the busy location.
An eyewitness to the shocking attack has described the moment a ‘hero’ jumped on the attacker and detained him until the police arrived.
The eyewitness, who gave his name on Twitter as James Sexton, described in detail the horrifying incident and the bravery of those who ran to his aid.
He said: “Just witnessed a horrific stabbing of a man at Oxford Circus. Broad daylight, no apparent rhyme or reason.
“Kudos to the guy in the basketball jersey who jumped on the attacker and to the others that held him down until the police got there.
“Absolute f****** heroes.”
The Metropolitan Police have launched an appeal for information and have requested to speak to two young men with skateboards who led the intervention against the attacker.
Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, from the Specialist Crime Command, said: “This is being treated as a random and unprovoked assault and we are not actively looking for anybody else in connection with the incident. I would like to reassure the public that his is not believed to be linked to terrorism.
“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.”
Anyone who can help the investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 7129/01Jul. To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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