UPDATE: Man dead after being attacked by gang armed with ‘eight-inch knife and hacksaw’ in Thamesmead
The Air Ambulance landed at Willowbank School (Pic by Brian Barnett)
Flowers left near the scene with the message: “Rest in peace Trigs, it wasn’t our time.”
Part of the area has now been taped off (Pic by Brian Barnett)
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First published 15:20 Tuesday 14 October 2014 in News
Last updated 1 hour ago
by Mark Chandler and Patrick Grafton-Green
A man – named locally as Trigger – has died after being attacked by a gang armed with an “eight-inch knife and a hacksaw” in Thamesmead this afternoon.
Police were called at 2.12pm to reports of a large group of males congregating in Wolvercote Road.
They were directed to a man in his 20s suffering from a stab wound.
London Ambulance Service was called while London’s Air Ambulance landed on the playing fields of nearby Willow Bank School.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ted Knott witnessed the incident, and told News Shopper: “Five of them were chasing three other boys and he had a knife about eight or six inches big and a hacksaw.
“They scattered all over the place when they’d done it.”
A woman, who did not want to be named, said: “The ambulance and air ambulance people were working on him.
“They did surgery on him to try and save him but it didn’t work.
“They were working on him for more than half an hour.
“I just saw him lying flat there. My friend was trying to speak to him but he couldn’t get his breath.”
Flowers left nearby, with the message: “Rest in peace Trigs, it wasn’t our time.”
Another witness, who did not want to be named, added: “I heard a lot of shouting and commotion on Wolvercote Road, this turned out to be a fight with four black youths.
“I then saw two youths run off towards Hartslock Drive holding a large knife.
“The man they had just stabbed, in the chest, crawled for help.
“An air ambulance, paramedics and ambulances attended and started doing CPR.”
Local road closures are in place.
The incident is currently being investigated by Bexley police.
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