London Home Office stabbing
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At around 13:00 local time a government worker was stabbed in the face and possibly torso by a man waiting on Marsham Street in Central London, who had been loitering in the area and walking "calmly". The injured man went inside the Home Office to get help, at which point the building, an important Ministry, was put into lockdown — pedestrians were encouraged to enter the building for their safety as this happened.
The Metropolitan Police were called at 13:06, and the London Ambulance Service at 13:11. A specialist unit of armed police responded to the scene, arriving within six minutes and entering the building. Paramedics also responded, taking the injured man from the building. For a time after the suspect was arrested, a cordon and police presence remained around the Home Office.
The victim was a man in his 60s, and has been identified as a civil servant for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which is based in the Home Office building. His injuries were initially treated by police and ambulance respondents as "life-threatening", but a later statement called them "non-life-threatening". He was taken to a Major Trauma Centre.
The suspect is a 29-year-old man. He was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. In addition to the knife, he was carrying CS spray, and was arrested for possession of this, and a ferret. He was described as 6 ft tall and slim with long dark hair, dressed "scruffily".
After the stabbing, the suspect is reported to have walked away from the scene "calmly". He was arrested one street from the attack at St John's church in Smith Square, the location of the European Parliament and European Commission buildings in London. The church was also closed to the public.
Several outlets noted that the attack came a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a "controversial" plan to prevent knife attacks in the country, which has been called "racist" and "patronising".
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