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Urgent Manhunt Underway After Violent Train Stabbing Leaves One Critical in Beckenham

A stabbing incident on a Southeastern train near Beckenham has left a man critically injured and passengers in shock during a routine journey. The attack, occurring in broad daylight before 4pm, was captured by witnesses who desperately pleaded with the assailant to cease the violence, by “Sky News“.

The British Transport Police were called to the scene at Beckenham Junction station, where they discovered the victim with severe, life-threatening injuries. He was promptly transported to a hospital for urgent care.

Disturbing video footage shared online shows the assailant, armed with a large knife resembling a machete, attacking the victim, who is out of the frame, as he sat on the train. Passengers can be heard frantically calling for police intervention and medical assistance amidst the chaos.

One passenger, audibly distressed, was recorded shouting for the attacker to stop, while on the phone with emergency services, reporting the ongoing assault and the presence of a large knife. The urgency for medical help is palpable in the voices of those witnessing the event.

In the wake of the attack, the British Transport Police have initiated an extensive investigation, appealing to the public for any witnesses to come forward with information. Despite the ongoing enquiries, no arrests have been made yet.

Southeastern trains, responding to the grave incident, expressed their commitment to aiding the police investigation, highlighting that all their trains are equipped with CCTV systems, the footage from which will be crucial to the police’s efforts. The company also emphasized the collaborative work of their integrated safeguarding team, which includes Southeastern staff, British Transport Police, and Network Rail, all focused on apprehending those responsible for the attack.

The British Transport Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to reach out by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40, with reference to incident 397 of 27/03/2024. For those wishing to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted at 0800 555 111.

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