King Charles’ “thoughts and prayers are with all those affected” after a 14-year-old boy was killed in a “sword attack” in Hainault.

A 36-year-old man was tasered in Hainault yesterday morning (April 30), then taken to hospital, after sustaining injuries when his van hit a house.

He has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

It came after police were called to Thurlow Gardens just before 7am to reports a vehicle had been driven into a house.

There were also reports people had been stabbed. Five injured people were taken to hospital.

A 14-year-old boy later died, and two police officers required surgery due to their injuries.

The officers and two other members of the public are not thought to be in a life-threatening condition.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman has now said that the King’s “thoughts and prayers are with all those affected” by the “horrific” stabbings.

They added: “In particular, the family of the young victim who has lost his life.”

Police have said that the murder suspect remains in hospital undergoing treatment.

Louisa Rolfe, Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, said: "At this time given his injuries we have been unable to interview him.”

She added that despite speculation about the suspect’s background, including police contact with him, there was “no trace of a prior incident involving him so far”.

According to police, it was not a targeted attack, nor is it believed to be terror-related.