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Man stabbed to death with machete is London’s 33rd murder this year

City of London Police officers. (PC Matt Hone/City of London Police)
April 04, 2019

Police in London are investigating the brutal murder of a male in his 40s who was viciously attacked with a machete on a busy street in broad daylight.

The incident occurred on Northolt Road in Harrow around 3:20 p.m. last Thursday, marking London’s 33rd murder in 2019, the Daily Mail reported.

Police have apprehended a suspect that was seen running from crime scene carrying a machete. He was taken to a neighboring north London police station where he remains in custody

Forensic teams, police, and EMS responded to the scene and tried to save the victim but were unsuccessful. Air ambulance services also arrived on the scene, but it was too late. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The London Ambulance Service said, “We were called at 3.14pm today to reports of an incident on Northolt Road, South Harrow. We sent an ambulance crew, two single responders in cars and an incident response officer to the scene. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance. Sadly, despite the efforts of medics, a person died at the scene.”

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Local MP Gareth Thomas said, “I am very concerned to hear reports of a recent fatal attack in South Harrow in my constituency. I am in contact with the Met Police and Harrow Council to understand who is responsible and why. My thoughts are with the victim and their family.”

Councilor for Roxeth Peymana Assad said, “I’m aware of incident that has taken place on Northolt Road, South Harrow Highstreet. Hope the community can be reassured, we are talking to all, on steps ahead for the safety of our residents.”

This murder is especially troubling for residents since murders are on the rise in London. Some of the latest were carried out during an ambush.

On Friday, 40-year-old Gavin Garraway was killed after being ambushed near Clapham Common station.

According to bystanders, the assailants used crutches to break out Garraway’s car windows and then killed him. Security cameras showed the attackers flee while laughing.

Garraway was described as a loving father of three.

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Ravi Katharkamar, a shop owner, was stabbed to death on March 24 while he was opening his shop for the day. He laid there in a pool of blood for 45 minutes before succumbing to his wounds.

The community has been on high alert.

In February, the Daily Mail reported that West Midlands Police chiefs said the stabbing epidemic is an emergency and are asking for extra funding to allow additional patrols to prevent further crime.