Police appeal for witnesses to Harold Wood stabbing

Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in broad daylight in Harold Wood two weeks ago.

A man, aged 19, was stabbed outside the front entrance of the train station close to the shops on Wednesday, June 1 at about 2.15pm.

British Transport Police have launched an investigation into the stabbing and are looking for witnesses to come forward with information.

Detective Constable Sally Everritt, the investigating officer, said: “The victim was standing inside the station entrance, when he was approached by a group of black men who attacked him.

“During the ensuing struggle, which spilled into the street, one of the men took out an object from his pocket and stabbed the victim in his leg.”

Following the attack the group of men left the station via Station Road before heading down Gubbins Lane.

The injured man went to hospital where he received stitches for his leg wounds and it is believed he had a gold chain and watch taken during the attack.

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Police have arrested four men and are looking to speak to one more person. They have been bailed to return to West Ham Police Station on June 30. They include two men, aged 20 and 19, from Romford; an 18-year-old from Harold Wood, and a boy, aged 17, from Dagenham.

DC Everritt added: “This was a shocking incident, which took place in broad daylight at a busy commuter station, possibly in front of school children and several members of the public.

“Violent attacks such as this are rare on the railway network and I am now urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward to help with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information can call the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B2/LNA of 7/06/2011.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.