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Train stabbing latest: Man knifed to death in Surrey on South Western train travelling to London Waterloo

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A man has been stabbed to death on a London Waterloo-bound South Western train.


Police were called at 1.15pm on Friday to Horsley station in Surrey after a man was knifed on a train travelling between Guildford and Waterloo.

The “incredibly frightening” attack took place in front of shocked passengers.

Paramedics battled to save the victim, whose age is not known, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The male suspect, who is still at large, fled from the train at Clandon, the station before Horsley.

The scene at Horsley station near Guildford, Surrey, after a man was stabbed to death on a train (PA)

One passenger, who asked not be named, told the Daily Mail there was “blood everywhere in the carriage”. 

Another person wrote on the social media that the response of the train staff was “incredible”.

They wrote: “I was on this train, how those guards and especially that train driver went into action was nothing short of incredible. Not sure if it’s appropriate to say thank you, but I do hope everyone is ok after today’s event.”

A private ambulance arrives at Horsley station on Friday evening (PA)

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman confirmed no arrests had been made.

A number of police officers remain in the Clandon area and are attempting to identify and trace the suspect, she added.

A train at the platform at Horsley station after a murder investigation was launched (PA)

Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson, from BTP, said: “This was a shocking and violent attack which took place on-board a train in broad daylight.

“Officers from BTP are with the family and have deployed a specially trained family liaison officer to support them through this difficult time.

“We know that this was an incredibly frightening incident for passengers travelling on the train. We believe that the suspect and victim boarded the train at London Road at 1.01pm and we would encourage who was on this train to come forward regardless of whether or not they think they can help our investigation. We believe the suspect departed the train at Clandon station.

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“Passengers and members of the public can expect to see an increased presence by BTP and Surrey Police officers at Horsley and Clandon as our enquiries continue.

“We would advise anyone in the local area who sees anyone they think maybe the suspect to contact 999 immediately.”

Trains between Guilford and Effingham Junction were blocked after the incident, with disruption expected in the area until at least 9pm.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information should contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 – quoting reference 210 of 04/01/19. Or you can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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