The attack comes as the murder rate in London tripled in the last eight months
A commuter who was traveling on the London underground train was brutally “stabbed in the face” as distraught passengers looked on in horror on Saturday night.
The man, who was traveling between Mile End and Bethnal, was sitting near his attacker shortly before the vicious assault took place.
The attack comes as London saw its murder rate triple in the last eight months as knife attacks and shootings soar to an unprecedented level.
“A man just got stabbed in the face on the [Central Line] between Mile End and Bethnal I didn’t see who it was apparently it was a man sitting near him they were arguing can’t believe it!!” tweeted one shocked witness.
“It happened so fast and everyone was in a panic. I saw blood everywhere,” she told the Press Association afterward.
“He was stabbed on the left side of his cheek, blood was all over his jumper and on the newspaper.
“It was horrible, he stumbled on the floor, people were helping him up and held his face with a tissue to stop the bleeding.
“I didn’t see the attacker myself but at Mile End, I did see a really tall man running off the train and people were screaming and jumping off their seats when they realized this man had been stabbed.”
A man just got stabbed in the face on the @centralline between Mile End and Bethnal I didn’t see who it was apparently it was a man sitting near him they were arguing can’t believe it!!😱 hope he’s okay pic.twitter.com/vieexlJTdX
— Rukshana (@RukzB) September 29, 2018
“The incident happened between Stratford and Mile End and was reported to police at 00.47hrs this morning (Sunday 30 September 2018),” explains a British Transport Police statement.
“Officers from the BTP attended, along with medics from the London Ambulance service who treated the victim for what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.”
The BTP also released an image of a black male wearing a dark jacket and baseball cap they “believe has information that could help their investigation”.
“Anyone with any information or who recognises this man should contact BTP by calling 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016, quoting reference number 36 of 30/9/2018,” the police statement adds.