Suspect arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following train stabbing

Thursday 28 March 2024

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an investigation into a stabbing on board a train towards Beckenham Junction station. A knife has also been recovered.

Officers were called to Beckenham Junction station just before 4pm yesterday following reports of a fight on board a train between Beckenham and Shortlands railway station.

Emergency services attended and a man in his 20’s was taken to hospital. He remains in a critical but stable condition.

Superintendent Darren Malpas said: “We understand the concerns of the public following this incident and our detectives have been working tirelessly to investigate. I hope this arrest will bring some reassurance to those on the rail network.

“High-visibility patrols will continue in the area and across the network as a visible reassurance to the travelling public.

“Any witnesses who are yet to get in touch are urged to do so by calling 0800 405040 or texting 61016 quoting reference 397 of 27 March. 

Police received reports of an altercation between two men who boarded the train at Shortlands in Bromley just before 4pm on Wednesday.

Video filmed by a passenger shows one of the men brandishing a large zombie-style knife lunge at the other man on the floor of the carriage while terrified passengers plead with him to stop.

The clip published on social media has been viewed almost 18 million times. A second clip showed a air ambulance land near Beckenham station where the train stopped.

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