Horror as man in his 40s is ‘hacked to death in a machete attack’ in broad daylight in front of shocked shoppers on northwest London street in the capital’s 33rd murder of the year

  • Police and ambulance rush to Northolt Road, Harrow to reports of stabbing
  • Man ‘in his 40s’ suffered ‘stab or slash’ wounds and died at the scene at 3.50pm
  • Another man seen running from scene arrested on suspicion of murder
  • Today’s stabbing sparked 33rd murder probe in London so far this year 
  • Community had been on high alert since stabbing death of innocent shopkeeper in ‘bungled Sunday robbery’

A man in his 40s has been murdered in a ‘machete attack’ on a busy northwest London high street today.

Police and ambulance were called to reports of the stabbing on a Northolt Road, Harrow, and found a victim who had suffered ‘stab or slash’ wounds.

The man, believed in his mid-40s, was pronounced dead at the scene 30 minutes later despite efforts by emergency responders.

Police have arrested a man who was seen running from the scene in possession of a machete knife on suspicion of murder.

The man was taken to a nearby north London police station where he remains in custody for questioning.

Police have cordoned off the crime scene at the corner of Northolt and Wargrave Road.

Air ambulance services also attended the scene but were not needed.  

A spokesperson for the Met Police confirmed the incident and said that Major Crime Command has been informed.

Harrow residents had been on high alert since the death of a local shopkeeper during a bungled robbery.

Pinner newsagent Ravi Katharkamar was stabbed in the chest on March 24 while opening his shop, and died 45 minutes later.

A man in his 40s has died after being ‘hacked to death’ on a northwest London street this afternoon

The London Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called at 3.14pm today to reports of an incident on Northolt Road, South Harrow.

‘We sent an ambulance crew, two single responders in cars and an incident response officer to the scene. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.

‘Sadly, despite the efforts of medics, a person died at the scene.’

Local MP Gareth Thomas said: ‘I am very concerned to hear reports of a recent fatal attack in South Harrow in my constituency. 

‘I am in contact with the Met Police and Harrow Council to understand who is responsible and why. My thoughts are with the victim and their family.’

One man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and is in police custody for questioning

One man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and is in police custody for questioning

Councillor for Roxeth Peymana Assad said: ‘I’m aware of incident that has taken place on Northolt Road, South Harrow highstreet. 

‘Hope the community can be reassured,we are talking to all,on steps ahead for the safety of our residents.’ 

Today’s stabbing sparked the 33rd murder probe in London so far this year.

Community leaders share their sympathies with the victim's family and ask for police to find the person responsible

Community leaders share their sympathies with the victim’s family and ask for police to find the person responsible

Calvin Bungisa, 22, was knifed to death on Monday at 8.30pm by a gang of masked thugs in Kentish Town.

Witnesses said the victim’s mother came ‘screaming’ from her home nearby after the attack and friends gathered at the scene to light candles and pay tribute.

On Friday, father-of-three Gavin Garraway, 40, was ambushed while driving near Clapham Common station.

Calvin Bungisa

Gavin Garraway

Today’s stabbing sparked the 33rd murder investigation in London so far this year. Pictured: Bungisa, who was stabbed to death in Kentish Town on Monday (left); and Gavin Garraway, who died in Clapham on Friday 

Witnesses claim his attackers smashed his window using a pair of crutches before launching the vicious attack through the gap.

They were also caught on CCTV running off and laughing as they fled the scene, with horrified shoppers going to the victim’s aid.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at the North-West Command Unit via 101 quoting reference 4680/3Apr.

The attack is the 33rd murder to strike the capital this year, and follows a weekend of violence in Edmonton where five people were attacked 'from behind' in separate incidents

The attack is the 33rd murder to strike the capital this year, and follows a weekend of violence in Edmonton where five people were attacked ‘from behind’ in separate incidents

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