London in shock over broad daylight of a passenger stabbed to death on board a train from Guilford to London Waterloo. The knifeman is was on the run while the police search for him last night.
UPDATE: Arrest has been made, early this Saturday morning.
Witnesses say the murder happened after the two men began fighting. Both men exchanged punches before the man with the knife, young black male stabbed the other manage 51. He died at the scene despite desperate attempts by paramedics to save his life. The victims’ 14-year-old son was in the carriage and might have witnessed the death of his father.
The suspect, who police think was not known to the victim, is described as a black man in his 20s to 30s and about 6ft tall, with a slim build and beard, dressed all in black with white trainers.
Shocked witnesses said the man was stabbed following a fight with another passenger who then fled into the surrounding Clandon area, just one stop into the Surrey to London journey.
“There was a lot of blood everywhere in the carriage. I don’t think the poor chap stood a chance”. Said another female passenger.
‘The police who were here first started to give him CPR but it was apparently too late to save him and he died while the train was in the station.’ She added.
Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson from British Transport Police said:
“This was a shocking and violent attack which took place on-board a train in broad daylight.
Officers from BTP are with the family and have deployed a specially trained family liaison officer to support them through this difficult time.
We know that this was an incredibly frightening incident for passengers travelling on the train.
We believe that the suspect and victim boarded the train at London Road at 1.01pm and we would encourage who was on this train to come forward regardless of whether or not they think they can help our investigation.
We believe the suspect departed the train at Clandon station.
Passengers and members of the public can expect to see an increased presence by BTP and Surrey Police officers at Horsley and Clandon as our enquiries continue.
We would advise anyone in the local area who sees anyone they think maybe the suspect to contact 999 immediately”.
Forensic teams have been searching a field in Clandon since the incident after a local resident found a bloodied hat on the ground and said she confronted a ‘ sweaty nervous man’. Officers with tracker dogs were also seen in the field.
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