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Hainault: Five People Taken To Hospital And Man With Sword Arrested After North-East London Attack – Latest Updates

What we know so far… A man with a sword has been arrested after an attack on members of the public and police officers in Hainault, east London, police have said.

Five people were taken to hospital after the incident, London ambulance service said.

The Metropolitan police said officers were initially called to reports of a vehicle being driven into a house in Thurlow Gardens.

The force said there were reports of people being stabbed during the incident and the suspect is understood to have gone on to attack other members of the public and two police officers.

A 36-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is in custody, police said.

The Met said it is not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and it is not believed to be terror-related.

A picture of the alleged attacker has been circulating on social media.

Hainault underground station is closed due to a police investigation in the area, Transport for London said.

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, said he was “absolutely devastated” at hearing of the incident and was in close contact with the Met police commissioner.

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Susan Hall, the Conservative candidate for London mayor, has said the attack in Hainault is “deeply concerning”.

This is deeply concerning and my thoughts are with those who have been injured. Thank you to the emergency services for everything you do to keep people safe.t.co/MWBhlvcLGD

— Susan Hall AM (@Councillorsuzie) April 30, 2024Police investigating whether Hainault attack suspect had ‘history of mental ill-health’The Guardian’s crime correspondent, Vikram Dodd, understands that police were investigating whether the suspect in the Hainault attack had a history of mental ill-health, and that at this early stage, that was a key line of inquiry as to any motive.

The Metropolitan police have only officially confirmed that a 36-year-old man is in custody and that the incident is not thought to be terror-related.

Here are some more images coming from Hainault:

Police by a van on Laing Close in Hainault, east London following reported stabbings and attacks on police officers. Photograph: Jordan Pettitt/PAA street is cordoned off after the attack in Hainault, east London. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty ImagesPolice in Hainault after several people were attacked by a man with a sword. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty ImagesSky News’ home correspondent Rachael Venables has been reporting from the scene in Hainault and has described a local community traumatised by the attack this morning.

“It’s a really traumatising moment for the local people,” Venables said.

“You can see people stood outside their doors filming the local area as well, speaking, really seeking reassurance while on their own local WhatsApp groups.

“And they speak to neighbours and friends and family trying to work out what happened this morning and whether anyone they know was affected and even injured in this awful attack.”

Here is footage of the alleged attacker in Hainault this morning:

Footage shows alleged attacker wielding a knife in Hainault – videoRishi Sunak ‘shocked’ by Hainault attackThe UK’s prime minister, Rishi Sunak, has described the attack in Hainault as “shocking” and said that “such violence has no place on our streets”.

The ambulance service said five people have been taken to hospital. Two police officers were reported to be among those who were attacked.

This is a shocking incident. My thoughts are with those affected and their families.

I’d like to thank the emergency services for their ongoing response, and pay tribute to the extraordinary bravery shown by police on the scene.

Such violence has no place on our streets. t.co/ekaNY9PY7g

— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) April 30, 2024What we know so far… A man with a sword has been arrested after an attack on members of the public and police officers in Hainault, east London, police have said.

Five people were taken to hospital after the incident, London ambulance service said.

The Metropolitan police said officers were initially called to reports of a vehicle being driven into a house in Thurlow Gardens.

The force said there were reports of people being stabbed during the incident and the suspect is understood to have gone on to attack other members of the public and two police officers.

A 36-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is in custody, police said.

The Met said it is not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and it is not believed to be terror-related.

A picture of the alleged attacker has been circulating on social media.

Hainault underground station is closed due to a police investigation in the area, Transport for London said.

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, said he was “absolutely devastated” at hearing of the incident and was in close contact with the Met police commissioner.

Here is a blurred picture of the alleged attacker in Hainault this morning:

Alleged attacker in Hainault. Photograph: ell_pht/X.comFive people taken to hospital after Hainault attack, ambulance service saysFive people have been taken to hospital after the attack in Hainault, London ambulance service (LAS) has said.

An LAS spokesperson said in a statement:

We were called at 6.54am this morning to reports of an incident near Hainault underground station.

We sent resources to the scene including ambulance crews, clinicians in response cars, advanced paramedics and London’s air ambulance.

At this time we understand members of the public and two police officers had been attacked.

Working together with our emergency services partners, we treated five people on the scene and took all five to hospital. All crews have now left the scene.

A 36-year-old man is in custody and police say the incident is not thought to be terrorism-related.

Police say the incident early this morning began in the Thurlow Gardens area, near Hainault station in east London.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to reports of a vehicle being driven into a house in Hainault at around 7am on Tuesday.The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to reports of a vehicle being driven into a house in Hainault at around 7am on Tuesday.

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