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Hainault latest: New pictures show police confronting sword-wielding stabbing suspect



The 36-year-old man arrested in Hainault this morning is currently in hospital, having suffered “injuries” when his van collided with a building, Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe says.

“He has been arrested on suspicion of murder at this time,” she adds. “Given his injuries, we have been unable to interview him.”

Addressing speculation on the suspect’s history with police, Ms Rolfe says officers have carried out “extensive checks”. 

“We have found no trace of a prior incident involving him so far,” she adds.

She says there will be a “significant police presence” in the area in Hainault, with the force increasing patrols and “ensuring the community is safe”. 

“We are really keen to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident or has relevant information and would ask that they come forward as soon as possible,” she says. 

“We are turning focus to the wider community and in particular how the incident has impacted young people. 

“We’ve set up a team of local officers specifically to respond to local community concerns.” 

She concludes by asking the public to “think very carefully” about what they post on social media. 

“There are some images circulating online and people should consider the impact of those on the families and those most closely affected by this incident,” she adds.

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