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Man stabbed during rush hour at station in Stratford

STABBING: The assault took place at Stratford International station during rush hour (Image: Wikipedia)

A MAN has been stabbed in east London during this morning’s rush hour.

The incident happened at Stratford International station shortly after 9am this morning, the British Transport police said.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service arrived at the scene on the station’s DLR platforms following reports of a serious assault.

A man was treated for stab-related wounds. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The attack took place during a time when many commuters were making their way to work.

The police erected a cordon at the station, which is located outside Westfield Stratford shopping centre, and commuters were notified that there would be delays to the DLR service while an investigation into the assault took place.

No arrests have been made yet.

The stabbing is the latest in a series of violent crimes in the capital in recent weeks. The Metropolitan Police have launched more than 50 murder investigations so far this year.

A new serious violence strategy from the government was published by home secretary Amber Rudd on Monday amid calls for a crackdown on the recent spike in gun and knife crime in London.

The strategy is supported by £40m of Home Office funding.

Speaking at the launch of the strategy, Rudd said: “This strategy represents a real step-change in the way we think about and respond to these personal tragedies which dominate the front pages of our newspapers with seemingly depressing regularity.”

She added: “I’ve seen what’s going around our streets – the zombie knives, axes and bayonets. And let me tell you, it might have had a place in medieval warfare but it certainly doesn’t have a place on our city streets.

“That’s why I will be introducing new laws within weeks that make it harder than ever before to purchase and possess guns, knives and acid.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the assault has been asked to contact the British Transport Police by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 quoting reference 155 of 11/04/2018. Alternatively, ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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