London news: ‘Large police presence’ seen at suspected stabbing attack in Brixton | UK | News

Images of the scene were shared on social media this afternoon, which showed a police cordon in place around what looked like the town centre in the south London town. A witness also wrote on Twitter: “Large police presence in Brixton as reports of a stabbing circulate.” It is not yet known how many people were involved or if anyone was seriously injured. 

The suspected attack comes after a crowd threw bottles and stones at police officers who had been called to reports of a man believed to have been stabbed and shot earlier this week.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following what the Metropolitan Police described as a “shocking outburst of violence” in Brixton, south London, on Wednesday night.

Officers, including some with firearms, attended the scene in Moorland Road, having been called along with London’s Air Ambulance shortly after 9.30pm.

The Met said a man in his mid-20s was found with what are thought to be gunshot injuries and stab wounds.

He was taken to a south London hospital, where his condition was assessed as not life-threatening but may be life-changing, police said.

The force said police at the scene were approached by a large group of people and objects were thrown towards them.

Two police officers were assaulted, although neither needed hospital treatment.

Superintendent Dan Ivey, in charge of neighbourhood policing in Lambeth and Southwark, said: “The scenes we saw last night were unacceptable.

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“A shocking outburst of violence unfolded, in which a man sustained very serious injuries. But for the speed of the officers who responded, and the skill of medical staff, this could well have turned out to be a murder investigation.”

He added: “The scenes that followed the initial horrific incident were equally unacceptable. The officers at the scene were working to conduct an investigation following a serious incident and were dispersing crowds when they themselves were subject to an abhorrent attack from crowds of people who pelted them with items.

“The crowds were dispersed after further resources were deployed to the scene and order was restored. The people who were involved in that disorder can be assured that there is an investigation and we will be working to identify them and bring them to justice.”

Mr Ivey said residents will see an increased police presence in the area and urged anyone with information to contact them, adding: “Silence protects violent criminals.”

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Ben Fahey, who lives nearby, said there had been “dozens of groups of young people dressed up for a party milling about” earlier in the evening and described the atmosphere as “good and fun”.

The 36-year-old told the PA news agency: “I got home and started to firstly hear a PA system, then I heard several bangs but thought nothing of it as it’s a common noise (fireworks etc), then just heard a collective scream, which was quite eerie, like hundreds shouting at the same time.

“I went back outside around 10pm and the police were there in numbers.

“The atmosphere completely changed, very hostile.”

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