A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the stabbing of a man in his 50s in Stoke Newington, north London.
The victim, who is understood to be Jewish, was attacked in the street shortly before 11am on Friday. Members of the public wrestled a man in his 40s to the floor on Stoke Newington High Street, keeping him pinned down until police arrived at the scene.
A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan police said officers and the London ambulance service found a man in his 50s with stab wounds at the scene, with another man in his 40s on the floor being restrained by members of the public.
“A man, aged in his 40s, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He has been taken to hospital after suffering what is believed to be minor head injuries,” she said. “The victim has also been taken to hospital. We await further updates on his condition.”
A witness told the Guardian the victim was from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, and was sitting up and conscious after the attack. Police have not at this stage said that the attack was a hate crime, or linked to antisemitism.
Evan Schiff, who lives on Stoke Newington High Street, said he came out of a shop to find a man pinned to the floor by men wearing hard hats and hi-vis vests.
“The workers were tackling the suspect and the victim was stumbling in the road,” he said.” “Luckily, and hopefully, I think he’ll be OK. When the ambulance came they took the victim into a cafe to sit him down and care for him. When I left the scene he was sitting up and conscious. It is so, so awful.”
The Community Security Trust , a charity helping Jews in the UK with security and tackling antisemitism, tweeted that it “is aware of reports that a Jewish man has been stabbed in Stoke Newington, north London. We are in contact with police who are investigating the incident.”
It added: “There is no current assessment that this was, or was not, antisemitic.”