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Edmonton stabbings: Urgent police hunt for suspect after four people attacked at random in space of just hours

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Police are urgently hunting a suspect after four people were stabbed in random attacks in the space of just hours in north London


Two of the four victims are fighting for their lives in hospital after the stabbings which took place in the Edmonton area between 7pm on Saturday and 9.45am on Sunday.

Police say “urgent enquiries are under way” to trace a single suspect, described as a black man, around 6ft 3ins tall and of skinny build.

He is thought to be wearing dark clothing, possibly a hooded top.

All of the victims were attacked from behind without warning and appeared to have been selected at random due to them being “alone and vulnerable”.

“There is a lot of police activity underway to catch this suspect,” Scotland Yard said on Sunday as they urged members of the public to stay vigilant.

“Extra resources have been called upon and are on the streets now working to keep the public safe and catch the individual responsible.” 

The police spokesman said “there is nothing to suggest this incident is terror-related” and “mental health issues may be a factor.”

Timeline of the north London stabbings

Saturday, March 30

7.02pm: A 45-year-old woman is stabbed in the back in Aberdeen Road, N18. She is taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Sunday, March 31

0.15am: A man is stabbed in Park Avenue, N18. He is taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

3.55am: A 23-year-old man is stabbed in Silver Street, N18. He is found at Silver Sisters Tube station and was taken to hospital, where his condition is described as critical but stable.

9.43am: A man is stabbed in the back in Brettenham, N18 Road. He is taken to hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening but potentially life-changing.

The victims are a 45-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, who are both critical in hospital, a man whose injuries are not life-threatening but potentially life-changing and another man whose injures are not life-threatening. 

A man was arrested on suspicion of GBH in Fore Street shortly before 11am but police are not certain if he is the individual behind these attacks. 

Police and paramedics first scrambled to Edmonton at around 7pm on Saturday to reports of an assault in Aberdeen Road. 

The victim, a 45-year-old woman, was found after being stabbed in her back. She is now fighting for her life in hospital. 

The second stabbing took place just four hours later, when police were called to reports of a man being stabbed in Park Avenue. His condition is non-life-threatening. 

A 23-year-old man was then stabbed in Silver Street three hours later at 3.55am. He was found with injuries at Seven Sisters Tube station and was rushed to hospital, where he is in a critical but stable condition.

The last attack took place at around 9.45am in Brettenham Road, where a man was found after being stabbed in the back. He remains in hospital with non-life-threatening but potentially life-changing injuries.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Smillie from North Area Command said: “Police are treating the four stabbing related incidents as potentially linked.

“The four victims are all from different backgrounds and appear to have been selected at random due to them being alone and vulnerable.

All of the people he has targeted have been walking alone and he has approached from behind without warning.”

Police have urged the public to stay vigilant and asked anyone who sees the suspect to call 999.

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