Police scrambled to a stabbing in London tonight amid fears of new terror attack in capital. A gang of up to 20 youths on mopeds allegedly stabbed a man with a machete in Russell Square just before 8 Pm this evening. 5 police cars, an ambulance and a paramedic helicopter raced to the scene before police confirmed the incident was not terrorism. Officers managed to catch and arrest one man as paramedics rushed his young victim to hospital.
Police put up a cordon around shops and restaurants in area. A Metropolitan Police spokesman told ‘Police were called at approximately 7:45 Pm to reports of a number of people on mopeds involved in a disturbance in Brunswick Centre. Officers, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended and found a man, believed aged in his 20s, suffering a stab wound.’
‘He was taken to a central London hospital for treatment, condition awaits. One male was arrested at the scene on suspicion of GBH. Enquires continue to trace any other people involved. Officers from the Central North Command Unit investigate. It is not terror related.’ It comes as the Metropolitan Police denies heroic Spanish skateboarder Ignacio Echeverria was shot dead by officers who mistook him for a terrorist during the London Bridge attacks on Saturday.
The force was pushed to release a statement after furious speculation in Spain, where interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido toldthe delay in identifying Echeverria, from Madrid, was ‘strange’ and others suggested he was accidentally killed by armed police. HSBC banker Echeverria 39 years old reportedly jumped off his bike to help a woman who was being stabbed in the rampage that left eight dead on Saturday, fighting off her attacker with a skateboard, but the Met told it did not recognise ‘allegations that are circulating in the Spanish media that a member of the public was fatally shot by police.’