Two Men Arrested on Suspicion of Murder after Triple Stabbing in London
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after three men were stabbed to death in London in a clash police believe was between groups of Sikh men.
Police responded to reports of a disturbance on Elmstead Road in Seven Kings, Ilford, east London, on Sunday at 7.38pm.
All three, believed to be in their 20s or 30s, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Speaking at the scene on Monday, Ch Supt Stephen Clayman said the suspects and the victims were known to each other. “We believe the groups involved are members of the Sikh community,” he said, The Guardian reported.
Officers were still contacting members of the deceased men’s families. “It was a horrific scene for anyone to come across and my heart goes out to the families and those affected by it because it is unprecedented to have something like this,” he said.
Police are still investigating a motive but have ruled out terrorism.
The mayor of London said extra police enforcement powers had been authorized in the area until 8am on Monday.
Sadiq Khan said: “I’m in touch with senior Met police officers and local representatives after a serious incident in Redbridge, where three men have lost their lives. My thoughts are with their families and the local community at this dreadful time.”
The Ilford South Labor MP, Sam Tarry, tweeted on Sunday night: “Heartbroken to find out that three people have been stabbed in Seven Kings, Ilford, tonight.”
In a separate post, he said: “Knife crime is a crisis engulfing our capital, bringing heartache, misery and fear to so many. The police, local authorities, schools, youth and mental health services desperately need the funding and support restoring. No ifs, no buts, no excuses.”