Islington stabbing: 'Horror scenes' outside doctors' surgery after man 'knifed in the head'

Chloe Chaplain
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A man was repeatedly knifed in the head outside a doctors' surgery in Islington in a frenzied attack that resembled scenes from a "horror movie", witnesses say.

The man fled into the surgery on Elizabeth Avenue after being allegedly being attacked in a car by a man armed with a stanley knife.

The victim was described as being "dazed" and "covered in blood" as he stumbled across the road before being rushed to hospital by paramedics.

A mother-of-two witnessed the incident as she dropped her 10-year-old son and six-year-old daughter off at school just after 8.30am on Friday.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said she noticed two men appearing to have a fight in the car next to her as she waited in traffic outside the Elizabeth Avenue Group Practice.

“We were about 30 yards from the school and I looked to the right and saw this man trying to drag another man across the seat of the car,” she told the Standard.

“Then he seemed like he was punching him repeatedly in the head but I saw what looked like a Stanley knife in his hand," she claimed. "And that's when I realised he was being stabbed.

"Their whole car was shaking, it was very violent.

“I wanted to get out the car but I had the children in so I didn’t know what to do. I just covered my son’s eyes because he was next to me and told my daughter not to look – but she saw everything.

“Then I noticed a police car behind and the man with the knife ran off. The other man stood up out the car and he was absolutely covered in blood.

“It was awful, it looked like something from a horror movie. He looked really dazed and he just ran into the doctors surgery over the road.”

The victim was taken to an east London hospital. His condition is not yet known.

The road remained taped off throughout the day as police investigated the alleged stabbing.

Islington police said a man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of GBH.

A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 8.45am on Friday to reports of an incident on Elizabeth Avenue in Islington.

“We sent an ambulance crew and an officer and treated a patient at the scene for face and neck injuries and took him as a priority to hospital.”

She confirmed the man’s injuries were consistent with knife wounds.

This latest incident comes just days before a planned march against knife crime and violence in north and east London.

The march, called Enough is Enough, will go from Islington Green to Hackney on May 7.

Jeanette Collins, one of the organisers, said it is about the community coming together to put an end to violence.

“It is not just a Hackney problem it’s a community problem. It is down to us to do something – whether the person is young, old, black, white or pink – we are saying enough violence.”