Hainault attack: Sword-wielding man arrested near station after 'stabbing' multiple people and police officers

A critical incident has been declared near a Tube station in northeast London after reports a man wielding a sword attacked members of the public and police officers.

The man, alleged to have been carrying a sword, crashed a vehicle into a house in Thurlow Gardens, before reportedly stabbing a number of people, police said.

The 36-year-old was alleged to have attacked members of the public and two police officers before eventually being arrested.

The Metropolitan Police were alerted to the incident shortly before 7am this morning.

Fire and rescue crews as well as a number of ambulances were also dispatched to the scene.

The condition of those injured isn't currently known and officers are not looking for anymore suspects.

Hainault Tube station in Ilford has been closed by police after the incident.

Home Secretary James Cleverly said he was being updated about the incident and extended his thoughts to those affected.

Wes Streeting, the MP for Ilford North, wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: "A critical incident has been declared in Hainault.

"There are station and road closures in place. The police, ambulance service and fire brigade are responding."

Police said the attack did not appear to be terror related.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan added: "This must have been a terrifying incident for those concerned.

"I know the wider community will be feeling shock and alarm.

"People will want to know what has happened and will we provide more information as soon as we can."

The Metropolitan Police previously said: "Police are at an incident in the Hainault area.

"Please follow the instructions of police officers on the ground.

"A man has been arrested."

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