London Home Office stabbing
At around 13:00 local time a government worker was stabbed in the face and possibly torso by a man waiting on Marsham Street in Central London, who had been loitering in the area and walking "calmly". The injured man went inside the Home Office to get help, at which point the building, an important Ministry, was put into lockdown — pedestrians were encouraged to enter the building for their safety as this happened.
The Metropolitan Police were called at 13:06, and the London Ambulance Service at 13:11. A specialist unit of armed police responded to the scene, arriving within six minutes and entering the building. Paramedics also responded, taking the injured man from the building. For a time after the suspect was arrested, a cordon and police presence remained around the Home Office.
The victim was a man in his 60s, and has been identified as a civil servant for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which is based in the Home Office building. His injuries were initially treated by police and ambulance respondents as "life-threatening", but a later statement called them "non-life-threatening". He was taken to a Major Trauma Centre.
The suspect is a 29-year-old man. He was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. In addition to the knife, he was carrying CS spray, and was arrested for possession of this, and a ferret. He was described as 6 ft tall and slim with long dark hair, dressed "scruffily".
After the stabbing, the suspect is reported to have walked away from the scene "calmly". He was arrested one street from the attack at St John's church in Smith Square, the location of the European Parliament and European Commission buildings in London. The church was also closed to the public.
Several outlets noted that the attack came a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a "controversial" plan to prevent knife attacks in the country, which has been called "racist" and "patronising".
- John, Tara. "UK Home Office on lockdown after stabbing". CNN. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
- "Government worker stabbed in face outside Home Office". Evening Standard. 2019-08-15. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
- "Home Office stabbing: Man in his 60s hurt after being attacked in central London". Sky News. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
- "Government employee stabbed outside Home Office". BBC. 2019-08-15. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
- "Man carrying a ferret and CS spray arrested after stabbing outside Home Office building". ITV News. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
- Grierson, Jamie (2019-08-15). "Man stabbed outside Home Office confirmed as government worker". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
- "Suspect in custody after stabbing at British interior ministry". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
- "London Home Office On Lockdown After Stabbing". HuffPost UK. 2019-08-15. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
- "Man stabbed at UK Home Office in London | DW | 15.08.2019". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
- "Stabbing in London triggers lockdown of UK Home Office". Washington Examiner. 2019-08-15. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
This article "London Home Office stabbing" is from Wikipedia. The list of its authors can be seen in its historical and/or the page Edithistory:London Home Office stabbing. Articles copied from Draft Namespace on Wikipedia could be seen on the Draft Namespace of Wikipedia and not main one.