Man fighting for his life after group attacked him ‘with baseball bats and knives’

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  • August 22, 2020
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A man is fighting for his life in hospital after being attacked by a group of up to six people ‘armed with baseball bats and knives’.

He is believed to have been attacked in Nursery Row Park, in Walworth, south London.

The 24-year-old was taken to hospital in a critical condition after he was found with stab wounds at 5.22pm yesterday.

Two sisters with a tailoring business on the edge of the park said they saw the victim lying in the street following the attack.

The first woman, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘I saw someone lying on the floor so I called my elder sister who is a nurse to go and help resuscitate him.

‘I told her to get gloves and a mask but when she ran there the police were not allowing people through.

‘There was a lady trying to put the young man in the recovery position but they weren’t letting anyone else come near him.’

She added that two children who looked about five or six were explaining to police how a gang of men had run up to the victim and stabbed him.

‘They [the children] were really distressed,’ she said.

Her sister, Nyama Fania, said they had founded the business in 2017 and there was rarely any trouble in the area.

‘They will come back for that person – we used to see it all the time when I was a nurse,’ she said.

‘[Stab victims] need security when they get out of hospital because they always get attacked again.’

The London Ambulance Service attended and took the victim to hospital.

A crime scene is in place while an investigation is being carried out. No arrests have been made yet.

Detective sergeant Rob Merrett, of the Metropolitan Police, said: ‘I believe the victim was attacked by a group of up to six males armed with baseball bats and knives.

‘An investigation is under way, including forensic analysis of the scene and of all available CCTV footage, in addition to house-to-house and other local inquiries.

‘I urge any witnesses, anyone with information, and in particular people who have mobile phone footage of the incident, to come forward and speak with police if they have not already done so.’

Additional police patrols have been put in place and a Section 60 order, which allows officers to stop and search, has been authorised.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation have been asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously.

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