KNIFED TO DEATH ON TRAIN
Man, 51, killed in front of terrified teenage son
A KILLER was on the run last night after stabbing a man to death in front of his 14-year-old son on a suburban train.
The victim, 51, was attacked by a stranger on the 12.58 from Guildford to London Waterloo.
The killer pulled out a knife and plunged it into the father’s neck before leaping out of the train at the next station. A woman passenger said: “There was a lot of blood in the carriage
and I don’t think the poor chap stood a chance.” The father and his son got on the train at the same time as the killer at London Road station in Surrey, a short distance from Guildford, said police.
After the stabbing, the killer jumped off at Clandon, just four or five minutes down the line, and fled into the leafy suburban lanes which surround it.
The train continued to Horsley, the next stop, where police and paramedics boarded and desperately tried to save the victim but he bled to death where he lay.
Police do not believe the victim and suspect knew each other. Detectives have described the suspect as a black man in his 20s or 30s, of slim build with a beard, about six feet tall, and dressed all in black with white trainers.
They said he was dangerous and should not be approached by the public.
Superintendent Paul Langley, from British Transport Police, said early indications suggested the victim had multiple stab wounds to his body.
He added: “The victim’s son would have been nearby when his father was fatally wounded.
“This would have been an horrific and hugely traumatic event to have witnessed and we are providing him with as much support as possible.
“At this moment I would ask the public to contact police urgently by calling 999 if they see anyone matching this description. Please do not approach him.”
Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson added: “This was a shocking and violent attack which took place in broad daylight.”
Supt Langley added: “This was an incredibly frightening incident for passengers travelling on the train.”
It is understood the stabbing was caught on CCTV cameras on the train. The killer and victim are likely to have been filmed by security cameras at London Road. The suspect’s flight from Clandon station is almost certain to be have been recorded as well.
The line between London Road and Horsley goes through some of Britain’s most expensive residential districts where houses sell for several millions.
Oliver Thompson, a 16-year-old local student, said police stopped him around 2.30pm and asked if he had seen a “man running from Clandon station”.
He said: “It comes as a big surprise as Clandon is a quiet area that you wouldn’t associate with crime like this.
“It is definitely unnerving to think there is a murderer maybe somewhere in the village.” Transport Secretary Chris Grayling described the incident as “tragic”, adding: “Our deepest sympathies are with the victim and their family.”
The train line between Guildford and Effingham Junction stations towards London remained blocked last night while police investigated.
Natalie Jones, a passenger on the train, later praised the train crew for the way they responded to the incident.
“I was on this train – how those guards and especially that driver went into action was nothing short of incredible,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Not sure if it’s appropriate to say thank you but I hope everyone is OK.”
Forensic experts on the platform investigate the killing aboard the 12.58 Guildford to London service
Train on which the killing took place at Horsley station, Surrey, yesterday