By Charis Hill Crime Editor | @HillCharis
London knife epidemic continues to rise as another victim was rushed to hospital shortly after 6 pm on Tuesday 2 October, following a serious stabbing on a London Overground commuter train.
British Transport Police arrested 55-year-old James Kamar in connection with the attack, and he later appeared in court charged with attempted murder.
A man, who was estimated to be in his 40’s at the time, was seen in possession of a knife shortly after the incident took place. The witness claimed to have seen a man wielding a knife as lots of people ran in the direction of the witness.
In speaking to the Guardian the witness expressed how he “caught a glimpse of the guy with the knife coming towards the walkway” before adding ‘the police came within a minute-and-a-half.’
26-year-old Hazel Orton saw the victim shortly after the attack and described him as “breathing heavily and struggling” she stated, “People were trying to administer first aid and put pressure on his chest.”
The victim was taken to hospital with a serious injury but is said to be in a stable condition and recovering well.
Kamara, of Portland Rise, Hackney, was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of an offensive weapon at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 4 October. Kamara was remanded in custody.
Since 2017 London has witnessed a 23 percent rise in violent crime, with knife crime being at its highest level in six years. According to the Office for National Statistics 40,147 offences “involving a knife or sharp instrument” were identified between March 2017 and March 2018.