Romford stabbing: Chaos after brutal murder ‘was like a terror attack’

PUBLISHED: 10:40 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:30 19 May 2017

Police cordoned off parts of the shopping centre yesterday.

Police cordoned off parts of the shopping centre yesterday.


A man who was at The Brewery shopping centre yesterday when a 20-year-old man was stabbed to death has said he thought it was a “terror attack”.

Charlie Cross, 21, who was at the shopping centre with his parents when the brutal attack took place, described the chaos.

His father was separated from the family as shoppers attempted to flee after the incident whilst trying to help families leave the popular shopping centre.

He said: “What happened yesterday is by far the worse incident in Romford in a while, families were running, the police and first responders acted swiftly and locked it down because it happened in the multi-storey car park.

“To be in the middle of it yesterday, it was like a terror attack.

“I thought it could have been a lone wolf attack or something and my mum felt uneasy.

“When we left the Brewery, police were literally everywhere.”

Officers believe they know who the deceased is, however they await a formal identification.

The next of kin has been informed and a post-mortem will be take place today.

Any witnesses, or anyone with any information, can contact police via 101, or by tweeting @MetCC.

To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit

A 19-year-old man, a 17-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder and were taken to separate police stations.

Inquiries continue.

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