Russell Square Stabbing Suspect Formally Arrested


London: The man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman in her 60s was killed & five injured in knife attack in Russell Street. The London mayor Sadiq Khan has urged the public to remain “calm and vigilant” as police investigate whether a knife attack that left one woman dead and five people injured was terror-related.

Mr Khan said his “heart goes out to the victims” in Russell Square. A woman believed to be in her 60s died at the scene. Two other women and three men were injured. The suspect, a 19-year-old man, is in police custody in hospital. Investigators say mental health was a “significant factor” in the case. Police have not ruled out a link to terrorism

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was killed and five others injured in a stabbing attack in Russell Square. The female victim, believed to be in her 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene in central London on Wednesday night. Police received their first call just after 10.30pm with reports a man armed with a knife was assaulting people. More to follow…

The 19-year-old suspect remains under guard in hospital and has not yet been charged with any offence, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police tells me. He would not confirm whether the treatment was related to physical injuries or mental health problems alluded to by the Assistant Commissioner.

Police say three people who were injured in the Russell Square attack have been discharged from hospital. Two others are still being treated for their injuries. The Russell Square attack was the second deadly stabbing in London on Wednesday.

A man was killed and two others injured in an unrelated incident in Wandsworth in the south-west of the capital. The Metropolitan Police said officers found a man in his 30s who had been stabbed at Shepard House on the Winstanley Estate at around 6pm. He died at the scene a short while later.