BRITISH Transport Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed to death on a train in West London in front of terrified commuters.
Emergency services rushed to Hillingdon Station following reports of a serious assault shortly before 4pm this evening.
The London Ambulance Service and air ambulance attended the scene – where he was pronounced dead at the scene.
One witness told MyLondon: “They told everyone to leave the station immediately as most people were still quite scared and hanging [around] on the far side of the platform.
“The event occurred closer to the stairs so it was not quite clear what was happening as we exited.
“A lot of blood was obvious and, furthermore, a person giving CPR on the train floor.”
Police said a group of men were involved in an alteration on the platform before the victim was stabbed.
His family has been informed and are being supported by officers.
Cordons remain in place around the station and some Tube services are still disrupted.
No arrests have been made as police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
This evening’s killing comes one day after a man in his early 20s was stabbed to death less than five miles away outside shops in The Broadway, Southall.
The victim was rushed to hospital after being found with knife wounds outside the shops in the early hours of this morning – but was pronounced dead just after 5.20am.
Lawless London is in the grip of a knife crime epidemic with hardly a day going by without another young person losing their life to violence.
Three men were stabbed outside Turnpike Lane tube station in North London on Monday, and no arrests have been made at present.
Two other young men, said to be in their early 20s, were stabbed on a busy road near Chalk Farm tube station, also in North London at around 7am on Friday.
‘SHOCKING ACT OF VIOLENCE’
There have now been more than 100 violent killings in the capital this year and the bloodshed shows no signs of ending.
Last year was London’s bloodiest in a decade – when the number of homicides reached 132.
Twenty teens have been killed in the capital this year, 18 of whom were fatally stabbed.
Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson from British Transport Police said: “This was a shocking act of violence which has seen a man tragically lose his life this afternoon.
“While we are at the early stages of our investigation, we believe a group of young men were involved in an altercation on the platform before one of the men received a fatal stab wound.
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“We are doing all we can to find those responsible, and I would urge any witnesses or anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious to contact us as soon as possible.
“This level of violence is not usual on the rail network, and we will be increasing our ununiformed patrols in the Hillingdon area in the coming days to help reassure the travelling public. ”
Anyone with information is urged to text BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 382 of 24/09/19. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Commuters stand outside Uxbridge station because of delays after a man was stabbed during rush hour in West London
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