Four Women Stabbed Near Sainsbury’s Car Park

Four Women Stabbed Near Sainsbury’s Car Park

A woman has been airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a knife attack near a supermarket in west London.

Three other women were stabbed during the attack in the car park of a branch of Sainsbury’s in Hampton.

A man in his 60s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police and paramedics were called to the store on The Avenue at 10.35am and when officers arrived they found three women with knife wounds, which were not serious.

A fourth woman found at a property nearby was taken to hospital by air ambulance with life-threatening injuries, a police spokesman said.

Police said a Taser was deployed during the suspect’s arrest but it was not discharged.

A woman working at a nearby pub said the attack appeared to be unprovoked.

“He only went for the women,” she said.

“The man ran through and started attacking them. It didn’t seem like they knew him; it was completely unprovoked.

“If it had been 10 or 20 minutes earlier there would have been children there because it’s right outside a primary school.

“He was caught very quickly just outside the car park. He appeared to be out of it, on drugs or crazy.

“The woman who was badly stabbed in the back made it up to the police station and raised the alarm.

“She is well-known locally and always goes shopping there all the time.”

A member of staff at Tangley Park Children’s Centre, which backs onto the scene, said: “We kept all the children safe and kept them in the building until we knew it was safe.

“It’s just such a shock – our parents and children could have been walking to their cars at that time.

Sky’s Charlotte Lomas, reporting from the scene, said: “I spoke to a man here who was in the car park at the time of the attack.

“He was putting money in a machine when a young gentleman alerted him to the fact there was a man here with a knife.

“He ran from the scene and was approached by the man he said tried to stab him, but he ran away, got his wife and got out of  the car park as soon as he could.”

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