2 stabbed in 'machete' fight at Cockfosters Parade as investigation launched by Met Police

A police tape seen at the crime scene in London
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Two men have been stabbed during a fight in North London in broad daylight. A video posted online shows a group lashing out at each other with what are thought to be 'machetes'.

The Metropolitan Police Service says the incident happened yesterday afternoon (Monday, July 8). Paramedics also attended.

A police spokesperson told MyLondon: "Police were called to Cockfosters Parade, EN4 at about 5.05pm on Monday, July 8 following reports that a group of men were fighting with weapons. It was also reported that two men had suffered stab injuries.

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Street view of Cockfosters shopping parade
The incident happened in a shopping parade in North London -Credit:Google

"Officers and colleagues in LAS attended the scene. Two men were taken to hospital with stab injuries. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening."

They added that there have not been any arrests. A crime scene was in place and has since been closed.

The Met says that enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

London knife crime increases by 20 per cent between 2022 and 2023

During an interview with MyLondon on April 25, Mr Khan stood by a joke he made after his Conservative rival, Susan Hall, raised concerns about 'gangs running around with machetes' during a London mayoral election debate. The mayor said during the discussion on LBC on April 23: "I think the Tory candidate should stop watching The Wire.”

After officially being sworn in for his third term as London's mayor, Mr Khan said that he aims to 'start young' with regards to deterring people from crime in the capital. He added that it was also important to 'make sure we deal with those who are committing crimes'.

The mayor said: "That means being tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime." Asked if he had any targets as regards percentage decreases in knife crime over his next term, the mayor replied: "No."

A spokesperson for Mr Khan said afterwards: "The Mayor has set out comprehensive targets and actions he will take to continue to decrease knife crime in London and make the capital safer for everyone over the next four years. These include recruiting an extra 1,300 neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs to make communities safer and bear down on knife crime, investing more in youth clubs to help steer thousands of young Londoners away from the dangers of gangs and crime, redoubling efforts to reduce violence against women and girls with free legal advice for victims of sexual abuse and supporting the Met to deliver the reforms our police service needs and our city deserves."

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