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01st May 2024

Chilling words revealed of suspect behind Hainault sword attack

Charlie Herbert

hainault sword attack

The man has been arrested on suspicion of murder

Witnesses have revealed the words of a man suspected of carrying out a sword attack in north-east London.

On Tuesday morning, police responded to a critical incident in Hainault in which a number of people had been stabbed.

A 14-year-old boy was killed in the attack, and four people, including two police officers, were left injured.

Police arrested a 36-year-old man after the stabbings, with footage online showing a person roaming the streets with a sword.

LBC reports that witnesses heard the man shouting “Do you believe in God?” as he walked down the street.

Officers at the scene told neighbours and locals “lock your doors” as they chased the attacker through gardens.

Meanwhile, doorbell footage has been released which shows the moment the suspect was cornered and tasered by police.

The video shows police officers shouting “Don’t move, don’t f****** move” at the man after he’s brought to the ground by three separate taser discharges.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in hospital receiving treatment for injuries he sustained when his van crashed into a building, police have confirmed.

The footage shows a man wearing a yellow hooded top carrying a sword, as he climbs over a fence on to the driveway of the house.

Police then step out of a nearby marked car and tell the man to stay where he is.

When the suspect lifts his left arm up in defence, a taser is discharged by an officer.

The same officer discharged their taser again, before a female officer discharged hers at the suspect too.

Police are then able to swarm the suspect and take the sword off him.

On Tuesday morning, a critical incident was declared in Hainault after a man carrying a ‘samurai sword’ crashed a vehicle into a house in Thurlow Gardens, before stabbing a multiple people.

Police rushed to the scene shortly before 7am.

After crashing the vehicle, the ‘sword-wielding attacker’ stabbed members of the public and two police officers before he was arrested.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has sent his condolences to the family of the 14-year-old who died in the attack.

He said in a statement: “I’m sure I speak for the entire city when I say our thoughts are with this young child and his family.

“It breaks my heart not only that this child has lost his life, but two members of our emergency services have risked their own safety to make sure others weren’t injured.”