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60-year-old man dies after Oxford Circus stabbing

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man died following a stabbing in central London yesterday (1 July). 

The stabbing occurred in daylight hours in front of shocked members of the public.

Emergency services rushed to the scene as Oxford Circus, London came to a standstill.

Met Police Said: “Police were called shortly before 20:00hrs on Thursday, 1 July to reports of a man stabbed at Oxford Circus, close to the junction with Regent Street, W1.

“Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance. A 60-year-old man was found with stab injuries and taken to hospital where he later sadly died.

“His next of kin has been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers. A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

“A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at a central London police station.”

Following the stabbing yesterday, a London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We treated a man at the scene for stab wounds and took him by road to a major trauma centre.”

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, from the Specialist Crime Command, said: “This is being treated as a random and unprovoked assault and we are not actively looking for anybody else in connection with the incident. I would like to reassure the public that this is not believed to be linked to terrorism.

“It is clear that this area of Oxford Circus was very busy at the time of the attack. Members of the public intervened to detain the suspect and I hope to trace and speak to them, to secure their accounts and offer support. In particular, I would like to trace two young males with skateboards who led this intervention.

“I am appealing to any person who witnessed the assault, or who has mobile phone footage, to contact us. I am also appealing to the owners of any passing cars with dashcams to check whether they have recorded the incident.”

Anyone who can help the investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 7129/01Jul.