Published On: Sun, Mar 17th, 2019

Surrey stabbing: Police say knife attack in Stanwell was ‘terror’ | UK | News


Counter terrorism officers and Surrey Police are investigating after the man was attacked in Stanwell on Saturday night. Officers were called at around 10.30pm to reports of a man acting aggressively and shouting racist comments while carrying the weapons in Viola Avenue where vehicles had been damaged. They then received another call reporting a man had been stabbed.

A 19-year-old man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and continues to receive treatment.

A 50-year-old man from the village was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and racially aggravated public order offences, Counter Terrorism Policing South East said.

Armed police attended and arrested a suspect who remains in custody.

A 19-year-old man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and continues to receive treatment.

It is believed the suspect for both incidents is the same man and officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack, police said.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of counter terrorism policing, said: “While this investigation is still in its infancy, it has hallmarks of a terror event, inspired by the far right, and therefore it has been declared a terrorism incident.

“This allows us to use all of the specialist capabilities available to establish the full circumstances of this attack.

“Police are committed to tackling all forms of toxic extremist ideology, which has the potential to threaten public safety and security.”

Officers will be out on patrol in the area and visiting places of worship and businesses, he said, and urged any witnesses or anyone who sees anything suspicious to report it to police.

Detective Superintendent Karen Mizzi, of Surrey Police, said it was a “shocking and worrying incident”.

This is a breaking story. Updates to follow. 



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