Thursday, March 28, 2019

London- Man stabbed to death near Regent's Park Mosque

Armed police have swooped on a mosque near Regent's Park in the hunt for suspects after a man was stabbed to death in central London.

A man was found with stab wounds at a housing block in Cunningham Place, Westminster, at about 6.15pm on Thursday. The suspects had fled the scene, police said.

The victim was treated at the scene in Elmton Court before being taken to hospital, where he later died.

Images circulating on social media showed police at London Central Mosque following the incident.

Scotland Yard said the attack, which was around half a mile from the mosque, was not terror related.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the incident was linked to police activity at the mosque, where pictures showed and eyewitnesses described a large number of police on the scene.

John Stealer, a taxi driver who drove by the scene, told the Standard: "I could see a massive police presence outside the mosque and I could hear the helicopter above.

"I could see the flashing lights from a distance.

"When I heard the buzz of the helicopter I thought it was being taken seriously."
Another witness told the Standard gates around the mosque were locked and there was "a mass of people" outside.

Some people were said to be unable to leave the mosque though a number have started to be allowed to exit, according to reports.

Social media users had described it as being "on lockdown".

Following news of the attack Karen Buck, Labour MP for Westminster North, said: "Deeply saddened to hear this awful news. Police have been in contact with me and we await further details."
A Metropolitan Police statement read: "Police were called at 18:15hrs on Thursday, 28 March to Elmton Court, Cunningham Place NW8 following reports of a man having been attacked.

"Officers attended with LAS.

"A male [no further details] was found suffering from stab injuries. He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, where he sadly died.

"Enquiries continue to trace the suspects, who fled the scene.

"There have been no arrests.

"A crime scene is in place."