Horrified members of the public watched on as a man was reportedly attacked by thugs wielding a hammer and machete outside a London Tube station. The incident, thought to be an attempted motorbike theft, took place at around 6.20pm on Saturday (April 23) outside Elephant and Castle Underground station.
Onlookers captured the scene on video as a man with a helmet was seen running with a machete. Witnesses said the man on foot had wrestled it off two men on a moped who were attacking him.
The two men on the moped, one of whom was holding a hammer, then pursued the man who was on foot. He managed to avoid them by standing on the pavement then running, before they also fled the scene, the video suggests.
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Witnesses said that one brave man got out of his car to help the man who was attacked. In another video he can be seen removing a weapon from the scene.
Police rushed to the scene but those involved had already fled on mopeds. The Met said a machete was recovered from the scene. There were no reports of any injuries and enquiries are ongoing.
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One woman in her late 30s who was visiting from Gloucestershire, told MailOnline: “I was walking back to Elephant and Castle, and something didn’t feel right. There was a bike on the floor, and another facing the wrong way. I was walking with my aunt, and I said ‘that man’s got a knife’, I could see the long blade… I just thought I was going to see someone die. I live in the country… it was one of the worst things I have ever seen. I just need to go back to the countryside.”
Anyone with information on what happened is asked to call the Met Police on 101 quoting reference 5535/23APR.
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