On Saturday 5th December 2015 at 1906 hours Metropolitan Police officers were called to Leytonstone Tube Station, in the East London Borough Waltham Forest, where it was reported that a number of people had been stabbed and a male suspect was threatening other people with a knife.
Police officers responded and were confronted by a male armed with a knife.
A 29 year old male was arrested, having been detained with the use of Taser, for attempted murder and remains in custody at an East London Police Station.
A 56yr old male sustained serious, but not believed to be life threatening injury. A second male suffered what is believed to be minor injury.
The motivation for this attack is as yet unknown, but it is alleged that during the incident the suspect made a number of remarks in relation to the conflict in Syria.
The Counter Terrorism Command is investigating this as a terrorist incident.
In the aftermath of the Paris attack on 13th November, highly publicised CT activity in Brussels and yesterday’s incident having been declared as a terrorist incident, it is to be anticipated that there may be an increase in community concerns.
The key messages for partners remain and can be summarised thus:
- UK policing is prepared and has a variety of operational tactics that are regularly used to protect the public.
- People can expect to see an increase in high visibility police activity around a variety of sites, sectors and communities.
- Communities defeat terrorism. The public are urged to report suspicious activity. We are particularly concerned about those might be intending to, or who have returned from, fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Commander Richard Walton, who leads the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said:
"We are treating this as a terrorist incident. I would urge the public to remain calm, but alert and vigilant. The threat from terrorism remains at severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely. I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Leytonstone underground station earlier this evening at around 7pm who saw anything suspicious to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. Anyone who may have captured video or photographic footage of the incident is also urged to make contact with the Counter Terrorism Command via the Anti-Terrorist Hotline."
In an emergency call 999
For non emergencies call 101
For the Anti Terrorist Hotline call 0800 789 321