Violent 24 hours in London after man stabbed and 7 arrested at funfair

Last night was a busy evening for the Metropolitan Police as they attended three serious incidents across the capital. In one incident a 40-year-old man was stabbed in Barking with the attackers still on the loose. In East Croydon a person sadly died after being hit by a train between East Croydon and Streatham.

At around 4.20pm yesterday (Tuesday, April 12), police were also called to an incident in Blackheath Common in Greenwich which led to hundreds of people being evacuated and seven arrested in relation to possession of an offensive weapon. Police say they were originally called to a stabbing, however have now said they do not believe such an incident occurred.

For the full breakdown on what happened in the last 24 hours, take a look below.

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Extinction Rebellion glue feet to pavement



Protesters letting off flares on a stairwell at Lloyd’s of London today

Climate protesters used superglue, chains and bike locks to block the entrances to major insurance company Lloyd’s of London.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) said more than 60 activists were at the Central London building since 7am yesterday morning to stop staff from entering the site and with the aim of closing the business for the day. They are demanding that Lloyd’s of London stops insuring fossil fuels projects.

City of London Police said they were “aware of groups of protesters at Liverpool Street Station and the Lloyd’s building on Lime Street” and that officers attended the scene. XR said that its people had also scaled the outside of the building and unfurled banners, reading “End Fossil Fuels Now” and “Insure Climate Justice”.



Protesters holding signs which read 'insure climate justice', 'Lloyd's insure climate breakdown'
Protesters holding signs which read ‘insure climate justice’, ‘Lloyd’s insure climate breakdown’

A spokesperson for the climate activist group, Clare Walmsley, said: “We are here to demand an end to all new fossil fuel investments and insurance. By underwriting the world’s most deadly fossil fuel projects, they are creating climate chaos – floods, famine, wildfires and death.

“Insuring new oil and gas projects in the North Sea will do nothing to solve the cost of living crisis either. Instead, it locks us into a system that’s already pushing millions into poverty.”

Barking stabbing

A 40-year-old man was stabbed in Barking, East London last night, April 12, at around 6.12pm. There have been no arrests as of yet and the victim is being treated in hospital where his conditions are said to not be life threatening.

A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police told MyLondon in a statement: “Police were called to a property in Dawson Avenue, Barking, at 6.17pm on Tuesday, April 12 to reports of a stabbing. Officers attended. A man in his 40s was found with stab wounds.

“He was treated at the scene by paramedics from London Ambulance Service (LAS) before being taken to hospital. We await an update on his condition. There have been no arrests. A crime scene has been put in place. Inquiries continue.”

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East Croydon incident

A person died after being hit by a train between East Croydon and Streatham yesterday. As a result, all lines were suspended between these stations while emergency services worked to deal with the incident. Disruptions were in place throughout the evening but service has resumed to normal this morning.

A statement from the London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 6:55 pm today (April 12) to reports of an incident at Thornton Heath Railway Station, Thornton Heath. We sent an ambulance crew, a medic in a car, an advanced paramedic and an incident response officer to the scene. Sadly, a person was pronounced dead at the scene. ”

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Greenwich funfair evacuated

Last night saw police close the funfair currently pitched on Blackheath Common in South East London following reported incidents of “violence” and “disorder”. There were reports of a stabbing, which has this morning been dismissed by police. The Met confirmed that seven people have been arrested as a result of yesterday’s incident. They all relate to possession of an offensive weapon.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at about 4.20pm on Tuesday, April 12 following reports of antisocial behavior and a number of assaults at Greenwich Park. A stabbing has also been reported; following a thorough search of the area no victim was found. Officers are therefore content that no stabbing took place.

“A number of police resources were sent to the scene and a cordon was put in place to help disperse the large number of people in attendance. By about 6.15pm the area had been cleared. A section 60 was authorized and was in place until 7am on Wednesday, April 13. Seven people have been arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and related offenses. ”

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