Six people have been stabbed in a day of violence in London as fears grow over spiralling knife crime across the capital.
A young man was stabbed in Kidbrooke, a teenager was slashed outside a police station in Tottenham, another was knifed in Barking and an 18-year-old was attacked with a blade in Tooting.
Two men, aged 20 and 26, were also knifed in Hounslow. Police were working to establish if the incidents were connected.
Four of the six stabbed in the city on Tuesday were teenagers.
The attacks came on the same day the country’s top police officer Cressida Dick warned that youth knife violence is at the worst level she has ever seen.
A young man, believed to be 18, was knifed repeatedly after being threatened in Kidbrooke, near Blackheath, shortly before 3.30pm. His serious injuries left him fighting for life but his condition has since improved, Scotland Yard said.
A 26-year-old was stabbed several times in an attack in Beaversford Park, Hounslow at about 4.30pm. One man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and remained in custody last night.
The victim was rushed to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officers attended a second incident in the same west London borough at about 5pm. A man, 20, was treated for a slash wound at the scene in Rosemary Avenue.
A teenage boy was also slashed in the face metres away from a north London police station. The boy, believed to be 17, was attacked in High Road, Tottenham, at about 6.05pm.
Officers said the boy was attacked by a Betfred shop.
Blood was being cleaned from the pavement outside a taxi office opposite Tottenham Police Station, around 160 metres down the road.
An officer at the scene said a man had received facial injuries after “an altercation between two young groups”, and that the two cordons were linke
The boy was treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service staff, who assessed the injury to be non life-threatening, and taken to an east London hospital
The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, Scotland Yard said.
Police later confirmed a 17-year-old was stabbed in Barking at around 7pm and an 18-year-old man had been attacked in Tooting at around 9pm.
Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to hold a major summit in Downing Street on April 1 aimed at tackling the problem.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick said the last few years “undoubtedly have been the highest and most worrying levels in my service”.
She added: “If you look at stabbings of young people I do think this is a new and tragic and worrying phenomenon.”