The investigation into the stabbing of a man at a mosque near Regent’s Park continues at pace.
Police were called to a mosque in Park Road, NW8, at 15.10hrs on Thursday, 20 February, to reports of a stabbing.
Officers attended along with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service (LAS). A man, in his 70s, was found with stab injuries.
He was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital. His condition has been assessed as non life-threatening.
A 29-year-old man, who is believed to have been attending prayers, was arrested inside the mosque on suspicion of attempted murder. He has been taken into custody at a central London police station.
A crime scene has been put in place.
The incident is not being treated as terror-related at this time.
Chief Superintendent Helen Harper, Central-West Borough Command Unit (BCU), said: “This was a profoundly shocking incident inside a place of worship and an urgent investigation is being carried out into the circumstances. Although we believe this to be an isolated incident, patrols have been increased around the area of the mosque to provide reassurance to worshippers and the local community.
“The investigation into this incident is being led by officers on Central-West borough command unit. A 29-year-old man was arrested at the scene and he has been taken into custody. The man is believed to have been attending prayers inside the mosque.
“I would like to thank everybody in the mosque who helped to detain the man before he was arrested and continue to help my officers with their enquiries. I’m extremely relieved the injuries suffered by the victim do not appear to be life-threatening. However, this incident has undoubtedly caused a great deal of concern and we are working as swiftly as possible to establish the circumstances. No other suspects are being sought at this time.”
Any witnesses who have not already spoken to police, or anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 4475/20FEB, or to remain 100 per cent anonymous, please give information via the charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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