Nearly 40 arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after west London stabbing

Hammersmith stabbing

Police arrest 39 people on suspicion of attempted murder. Image: PA

Monday, December 31, 2018

Thirty-nine people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was chased and stabbed in west London in the early hours of New Year's Eve.

The Metropolitan Police said the victim, who was in his 30s, was chased by a group of men and women after a "minor argument" broke out in a shop in Hammersmith on Fulham Palace Road.

Officers arrested 39 people at a property near the scene after they failed to cooperate with police. They were taken into custody at several police stations.



Superintendent Mark Lawrence said the number of arrests made was "unusual", but was a result of "a lack of co-operation".

"What appears to have been a minor argument has resulted in a man sustaining life-threatening injuries," he said.

"Whilst it is unusual for so many people to be arrested in the early stages of an investigation such as this, due to a lack of co-operation and the necessity of securing essential evidence following a serious assault, this action was appropriate."

On Monday morning, a pool of blood could be seen on the pavement outside a branch of Sainsbury's around the corner in Fulham Palace Road.