Police are urging witnesses of a North London stabbing to come forward as the victim remains “critically ill” in hospital, with “distraught family at his bedside”.
Investigating officers believe there is “at least one person who filmed this incident on their mobile phone” and they are urging them to come forward.
Police received reports of a fight on High Road in Whetstone, Barnet, at 10.24pm on Thursday night (June 17).
Officers rushed to the scene alongside London Ambulance Service, where they found a man, 29, suffering from knife wounds.
The victim was rushed to a North London hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
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Detective Inspector Jonathan Newell, investigating, said: “The victim in this incident is critically ill in hospital with his distraught family at his bedside.
“We are doing all we can to support them and provide them with the answers to the questions they are asking.”
Five men, one aged 27, one aged 28 and three aged 29, were arrested on Friday, June 18 on suspicion of affray.
They were taken to north London police station and later released on bail.
Four more men, aged 27, 33, 35, and 55, have been arrested today, Saturday, June 19, on suspicion of attempted murder and remain in custody.
Detective Inspector Newell said: “Our investigation is fast-paced and progressing quickly. We have made a substantial number of arrests but there is still much more work to do.”
He added: “The public can help us. I believe there was at least one person who filmed this incident on their mobile phone. I need those people to contact us – it is imperative that we know everything about the events that led up to it.”
A large stretch of the A1000 was cordoned off causing traffic problems throughout Friday (June 18) as police remained at the crime scene.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has dash-cam footage should call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 8736/17JUN.
To remain 100% anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers_uk.org.
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