Hackney Stabbing: Rush Hour Attack On London Overground Train Not Terrorism, Police Say

A 55-year-old man is in custody.

A rush hour stabbing on a London overground train was not terror-related, police say.

A man is in custody on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon following the attack at Hackney Central Overground Station on Tuesday.

British Transport Police (BTP) said officers were called to the “serious stabbing” on a train as it pulled into Hackney Central Overground station shortly after 6pm.

The victim was taken to hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

The arrested man, who is 55 years old, is from Hackney.

DCI Sam Blackburn from BTP said: “This was a shocking and violent attack which took place on a busy commuter train. Officers were on the scene within minutes and were able to quickly arrest the suspect and recover the knife.

“We understand that this was a very frightening incident for passengers on the train and at the station and would encourage anyone who witnessed the attack to come forward and tell us what they saw.

“The incident is not currently being treated as terror related and the suspect remains in custody. We have deployed extra officers to provide a reassuring presence in the area.”

A BTP statement added: “Police are asking that anyone who was at Hackney Central Overground station and saw anything suspicious to please get in touch.”