A stabbing and a fire occurred within an hour of each other at Brunel University this evening.
Witnesses reported a man who claimed to have been stabbed near to Cleveland Road, which runs through the middle of the university’s campus in Uxbridge.
Edward Whitaker, a Brunel University student, saw the aftermath.
“Me and Jane were walking past the arts centre,” he says, “and saw some guys having a fight. Then one of them started running towards the Hamilton Centre shouting ‘I’ve been knifed’ and holding his side!”
Police were called at about 8.30pm, arriving on the scene in force. A spokesman described the victim’s injuries as a “slash wound to the body” whilst other eyewitnesses commented how “calm” he was. He was taken to a West London hospital with what police described as “non life-threatening” injuries.
University officials denied that an incident had taken place on campus, whilst police were seen apparently removing bags of evidence from the scene. At the time of writing the police could not confirm whether an arrest had been made.
About an hour after the stabbing, fire alarms in the university’s Heinz Wolff building went off. Campus security evacuated the building just before four fire engines from Hillingdon and Hayes fire stations arrived.
Details about the cause of the fire had not been released at the time of writing but university sources confirmed that works were being carried out on underground tunnels carrying electricity, gas and water supplies to the building. An eyewitness claimed to have seen evidence of a fire from the outside of the building.
No smoke or flames were visible from outside, although a small number of firefighters entered the building with a hose.
editor’s update 2nd Nov: A university source who does not wish to be identified confirms that the fire started because of a light fitting. We are seeking an official statement from the university.
Three teenagers, two aged 18 and one aged 17, have been released on bail after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed in a nightclub in Southall on Thursday night.
The victim, who has not been named, was attending an under 21s night at the Tudor Rose, a Caribbean club, when he was attacked at around 23:30.
He was taken to hospital with a minor stab wound to the chest and was released the following day.
The victim’s mother claimed to be disgusted by the club’s lax security in a situation which could have turned fatal.
In a statement, she said: “My son went to a club in Southall and they allowed people to go in there with a weapon.
“He’s never, ever been in any trouble with the police – he’s a law abiding citizen, people can vouch for that. The doctors said luckily he moved in a certain way so it’s just a superficial stab wound, but I could’ve lost my son last night.
“He was a bit shaken up but he’s OK now, you’ve just got to move on. I can’t stop him going out but I won’t let him go there again.
“Councillors have been trying to shut the place down. The owners keep calling it racism, but I’m a black woman, it’s about protecting peoples’ children”.
The teens, who were arrested following the incident, have been bailed and are due to appear in court on November 18.
Police are looking for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Ladbroke Grove, on the fringe of the Notting Hill Carnival, yesterday.
Photographs of the scene show the 20-yr-old victim lying on the ground bleeding through his shirt whilst another man, wearing a hoodie, runs from the scene with what appears to be a knife in his hand. One witness tried to trip the man shown in the photograph as he ran away but unfortunately failed.
Ambulance crews attending the scene found the victim suffering stab wounds to the abdomen and hand. He was taken to a central London hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.
Detectives investigating the circumstances arrested four men – three aged 20 and one aged 21 – and one 16-yr-old child in connection with the stabbing. They remain in custody at various London police stations.
The rest of the carnival passed relatively peacefully. Police made a total of 245 arrests during the two-day event, slightly up on last year’s 243 arrests.
Commander Bob Broadhurst of the Metropolitan Police said: ”Crime and arrests appear to be down this year. Our officers were out there working hard to make sure this was the case. We had a highly visible presence out on the streets of Notting Hill to make sure those troublemakers who thought violence and crime was an option were met by a swift response.”
Armed police from the specialist CO19 firearms command, aided by Territorial Support Group (TSG) officers, were operating around the edges of the carnival with ANPR equipment to prevent known troublemakers from entering the event. A total of 6,500 police constables were deployed to the carnival, with another 4,000 on duty around London over the Bank Holiday weekend,