Man, 22, fighting for his life after machete attack at East London pub

14 February 2023, 12:03 | Updated: 14 February 2023, 18:23

A man, 22, is fighting for his life and three other men were also injured in a stabbing at a pub in Walthamstow.
A man, 22, is fighting for his life and three other men were also injured in a stabbing at a pub in Walthamstow. Picture: Alamy

By Will Taylor

A 22-year-old man is fighting for his life and three other men were also injured in a stabbing at a pub in Walthamstow.

Police were called to The Duke pub in Wood Street shortly after 8.15pm on Monday, following reports of an attack involving a machete.

Paramedics and the air ambulance were dispatched and found three of them stabbed inside the establishment just after 8pm on Monday evening.

A fourth was found with stab wounds in nearby Shernall Street.

Three of the men, aged 27, 31 and 42, are stable in hospital, while the 22-year-old remains in a critical condition.

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Police believe the attack was targeted. No arrests have been made.

Officers Waltham Forest are trying to piece together what happened and have asked for any witnesses to come forward.

Detective Inspector Grant Stevens said: "We are in the early stages of piecing together what happened last night and would like to hear from anyone who was inside the pub and witnessed the attack.

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"Whilst news of this kind is concerning, I would like to reassure the community that there is nothing to suggest any wider risk to the public.

"Officers will remain in the area throughout the day and I would encourage anyone with concerns to speak with them."

One business owner told MyLondon more police were needed to patrol the area.

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Police were called to the pub, shortly after 8.15pm following reports of an attack involving a machete.
Police were called to the pub, shortly after 8.15pm following reports of an attack involving a machete. Picture: Alamy

"This area is very bad, it has been bad for the last two months. There are young guys always looking suspicious. Teenagers on bikes and scooters with masks. We need more police in this area," Saram Ali, a 36-year-old who owns Rise Teck Ltd, said.

Another said the area had quietened down after being considered "rough" at one time.

Three men were found with stab wounds inside the pub and a fourth was found injured in nearby Shernhall Street.
Three men were found with stab wounds inside the pub and a fourth was found injured in nearby Shernhall Street. Picture: Alamy

Vik Kanani, 39, who owns Coffee Boxx, said: "You get the odd skirmish now and then. There was open drug selling at the start, people getting shot around the corner. It has quietened a bit.

"It used to be quite a rough area, now its come down a long long way."

The MP for Walthamstow, Stella Creasy posted about the incident on Twitter, saying it was "very upsetting".

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting CAD 6988/13Feb, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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