Bloodbath outside M&S as man, 21, is stabbed to death in brawl in London’s Brent Cross shopping centre – forcing shocked customers to be evacuated as police launch murder probe and arrest two men
- A 21-year-old man has been stabbed to death after a fight broke out inside Brent Cross shopping centre
- Police rushed to the scene at around 6.45pm after reports of a large brawl between a group of young men
- Man, 18, arrested on suspicion of murder while a second man has been arrested on suspicion of affray
A 21-year-old man has been stabbed to death after a brawl broke out inside Brent Cross shopping centre in front of terrified onlookers.
Police rushed to the scene at around 6.45pm after reports of a large brawl between a group of young men.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder while a second man, also believed to be aged 18, has been arrested on suspicion of affray.
Witnesses said they saw the attacker pull out a ‘Zombie knife’ and stab the victim in the neck, the Evening Standard reports.
They claimed a defibrillator was used on the knife victim as he lay dying outside Marks and Spencers.
One witness said: ‘I was waiting in a queue and I saw a fight of around 10-12 young guys outside of M&S, they got the attention of security, staff and everyone.
A 21-year-old man has been stabbed to death after a fight broke out inside Brent Cross shopping centre in London on Tuesday evening
Terrified shoppers who witnessed the event say the young man was stabbed inside the Apple Store
‘First they argued and fought then one of them took out the knife. It was big, something similar to a Zombie knife. He stabbed the guy in the neck. I’m not sure he even knew what he did, it all happened so quick.
‘They were fighting between each other so I am assuming he took out the knife and did it without thinking twice. I saw them fighting and then one fall on the ground. People rushed to help him as the other youngsters escaped.’
Another witness said: ‘We were really worried. We got ushered away, then there were a lot of officers that stormed in.’
The shopping centre was evacuated and multiple police cars and an air ambulance were in attendance.
Police said members of the public and officers attempted first aid but the 21-year-old died at the scene. A murder probe has now been launched.
Witnesses initially said the attack took place near the Apple store but a store spokesman later confirmed the stabbing took place elsewhere in the shopping centre.
Chief Superintendent Sara Leach, who is in charge of policing in north west London, said: ‘My thoughts are with the loved ones of the young man who has been killed in this incident.
Multiple police cars and an air ambulance were seen outside the shopping centre in north west London
Footage shared on social media showed police ushering away shoppers near a cordon set up inside the shopping centre
‘I would like to offer my thanks to the members of the public who came to his aid. They showed considerable courage.
‘Two people have been arrested and an investigation is already under way. We will do all we can to identify and bring to justice those responsible.
‘The public can expect to see a heightened police presence in the area through the rest of this evening and in the days to come.’
Anyone with information should call 101, providing the reference CAD6136/04MAY.
In the past four months, 12 teenagers have been stabbed to death in the capital, and there are fears the killings could reignite the gang wars that have plagued the city during Sadiq Khan’s term as London Mayor.
Barring a political earthquake, voters are set to give the Labour politician another five years in office at the local elections this week.
Londoners cite crime as their No 1 concern but Mr Khan’s critics accuse him of being preoccupied with traffic-calming measures and crippling increases to the Congestion Charge.
Police said members of the public and officers attempted first aid but the 21-year-old died at the scene. A murder probe has now been launched
Police rushed to the scene and quickly dispersed panicked shoppers on Tuesday evening
Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey previously said: ‘How many tragedies will it take before Sadiq Khan actually takes responsibility for rising crime in London?’
Since Mr Khan came to office in May 2016, at least 114 teenagers have been murdered. Of those, ten were killed in Newham – including two last month.
According to police statistics, 6,335 crimes have been reported to police within walking distance of the new City Hall in the past three years, including 1,357 violent or sexual offences.