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Murder probe launched after ‘despicable’ attack at London railway station

A murder investigation has been launched after a person was killed at an east London railway station in an “unprovoked” attack during the early hours of this morning.

Officers were called to Harold Wood station shortly after 4.30am after a member of station staff reported an individual was badly hurt and lying on the floor of the station.

Emergency services including the British Transport Police, Metropolitan Police and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene and found a person with extensive injuries.

Police were called to Harold Wood station during the early hours of this morning (Sunil060902/ Wiki)
Police were called to Harold Wood station during the early hours of this morning (Sunil060902/ Wiki)

Despite their best efforts, the person was pronounced dead at the scene while a man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

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He remains in police custody while enquiries continue, with police believing it to be an isolated incident.

Detective chief inspector Sam Blackburn said: “This act of unprovoked violence was despicable. The investigation remains in the early stages, and although though we are satisfied that this was an isolated incident the station will remain closed while we continue our enquiries.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident or is able to help us piece together the events leading up to it is asked to text 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference 53 of 27/02/24. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Transport for London has said bus routes 256, 294, 347, 496 and 497 have been impacted by the road closures and a detour is in place.

The station, which is served by the Elizabeth line, is expected to remain closed throughout the day.