Published On: Mon, Apr 1st, 2019

Edmonton Stabbing: Two arrested following random attacks in North London | UK | News

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Scotland Yard said a second man has been arrested following the four potentially linked stabbings in the Edmonton area. A man in his 40s was arrested at a residential address in Edmonton on suspicion of Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) and taken into custody at a north London police station. The first man arrested on suspicion of GBH also remains in custody.

Police believe a single male suspect was acting alone and that “mental health issues may be a factor”.

The Metropolitan Police said it remains a live investigation and said they are pursuing all lines of inquiry, as they advised members of the public to remain vigilant.

A 45-year-old woman, who was stabbed in the back, and a 23-year-old man are in a critical condition in hospital.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Smillie, from North Area Command, said: “We are doing everything we can to apprehend the suspect behind these cowardly and senseless attacks.

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“We are treating the four stabbing related incidents as potentially linked.

“The four victims are from different backgrounds and appear to have been selected at random due to them being alone and vulnerable.

“We are working on the hypothesis that the single male suspect is acting alone and mental health issues may be a factor.

“All of the people he has targeted have been walking alone and he has approached from behind without warning.

“The motive from the stabbing appears to be solely to inflict harm.

“Early accounts suggest none of the victims were robbed or engaged in conversation before they were attacked.”

The first stabbing took place at 7.02pm on Saturday at Aberdeen Road where the 45-year-old victim suffered a stab wound to her back after being attacked by the man.

She was taken to an east London hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

The second incident took place four hours later at around 12.15am with reports of a male suffering stab injuries in Park Avenue.

The 52-year-old man was taken to an east London hospital for treatment of stab injuries. His condition is not life threatening.

The third incident was at 3.55am with reports of a man stabbed at Seven Sisters Tube station.

The 23-year-old man suffered stab injuries and remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Initial inquiries have established that the man may have been attacked in Silver Street, Edmonton.

The last incident took place at 9.43am in Brettenham Road where officers found a 29-year-old man with a stab injury to the back.

He was taken to hospital for an assessment of his injury, and while his injuries are not life-threatening they are potentially life-changing.

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