Police in south west London, investigating multiple stalking incidents and a stabbing, have arrested a suspect.
Scotland Yard had issued an urgent plea for the public’s help after multiple incidents in the Clapham area where women were approached by a man armed with a knife over the past month.
In a connected incident, an Uber driver was stabbed in the chest and hospitalised after being allegedly confronted by the suspect.
The Metropolitan police has now confirmed that following the appeal for information, a member of the public called the police with a tip off and officers began “urgent enquiries.”
Shortly after 4am today, a 22 year old man was arrested in Brixton, south London.
He was detained on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon and public order offences. He is currently in police custody.
Detective Superintendent Dan O’Sullivan thanked members of the public for their assistance in leading to the arrest.
“I know that many people will have been incredibly concerned about the details of these linked investigations.” He added.
“I want to reassure local residents that we are continuing to carry out extra reassurance patrols.
“I also want to be clear that out enquiries and our vigilance doesn’t end with this arrest. A team of dedicated detectives are continuing to carry out a thorough investigation.
“This man is currently in police custody and will be interviewed by detectives.”
Timeline of linked incidents –
- 10 October – At 22:50, a man approached a woman entering a property on Barrington Road SW9. After a struggle, the victim was able to fight the man off and he fled.
- 17 November – At 04:00, a woman was followed along Sisters Avenue, SW11 by a man with a knife. She shouted for help and the man ran away.
- 19 November – At 01:40, a woman was grabbed by a man on Sumburgh Road, SW12, but she managed to escape.
- 23 November – At 00:20, an Uber driver was stabbed in the chest on Nightingale Lane, SW12.
- 23 November – At 02:50, officers saw a suspect approaching women near Hold Trinity Church, SW4. They chased him, but he escaped.
- 23 November – At 04:45, officers spotted the suspected again, this time on a bike, and gave chase along St John’s Road, SW11. The suspect again managed to escape.
Detective Superintendent O’Sullivan said: “Help from the public is clearly vital to our investigation and I would again ask anyone who has any information about this investigation to get in touch immediately.”
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