Man stabbed in Trafalgar Square as cops swoop and close roads
A MAN was stabbed in Trafalgar Square this evening, police have said.
Emergency services were called to one of London's busiest tourist hot spots at 9.11pm following reports of a knife attack.
The victim, who has not been identified, was found suffering from stab injuries, the Metropolitan Police said.
The force said it was awaiting an update on his condition.
At least five squad cars and two police vans attended, as well as the London Ambulance Service – and large sections of the square was taped off.
No arrests have been made.
Police have asked drivers to avoid the area.
A spokesman for the force said: "This is not being treated as terrorism and initial inquires indicate that the victim and suspect maybe known to each other."
Alexander Zakharenko tweeted some footage of the scene with the words: "What's going on in Trafalgar Square…"
The clip shows the square filled with police cars and officers moving bystanders back.
There have been 87 violent deaths in London this year, of which 53 were fatal stabbings.
Figures revealed five young people are attacked with a knife every day in London and Sadiq Khan warned it could take a "decade" to turn back the tide of violent crime.
It comes as a man accused of brandishing a knife and hammer near a Home Office building yesterday has been charged by police.
Oluwaleke Yisa, 30, from Deptford, South East London, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.
The incident was just days after Dominic Hornberger, 29, from Birmingham, allegedly attacked a housing ministry expert in his 60s near the Home Office.
Witnesses said Hornberger, holding a pet carrier, had approached people and asked if they worked at the Home Office.
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