Sus­pect held after ‘killing man in street with ma­chete’

Daily Mail - - News - By Jemma Buck­ley Crime Cor­re­spon­dent

A MAN found dy­ing in the street yes­ter­day af­ter­noon may have been at­tacked with a ma­chete.

Po­lice ar­rested a sus­pect for mur­der after claims that he had been seen run­ning from the spot wield­ing the weapon.

The vic­tim, be­lieved to be in his mid-40s, was pro­nounced dead 30 min­utes after po­lice were called to the scene in Har­row, north-west Lon­don.

Paramedics bat­tled in vain to save the man’s life after he was found in­jured at around 3.15pm on the bustling Northolt Road high street.

Po­lice said they thought the vic­tim had a ‘stab or slash wound’ but were now wait­ing for a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion to con­firm whether it was re­cent or old.

Po­lice cars were seen parked around a Lad­brokes bet­ting shop on the high street after the at­tack. Of­fi­cers were re­view­ing CCTV im­ages to es­tab­lish the cir­cum­stances of the ‘un­ex­plained’ death.

A Metropoli­tan Po­lice spokesman said: ‘Po­lice were called by the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice at 3.20pm to re­ports of an

‘Be­ing treated as un­ex­plained’

in­jured man. The man, who is be­lieved to be in his mid-40s, was treated at the scene for an in­jury that was ini­tially be­lieved to be a stab or slash wound. He was pro­nounced dead at 3.50pm.

‘We await the find­ings of a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion to con­firm whether this was a re­cent or pre-ex­ist­ing in­jury. The death is be­ing treated as un­ex­plained. Next of kin have not been in­formed. For­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is yet to take place.

‘One per­son was ar­rested nearby on sus­pi­cion of mur­der after of­fi­cers were in­formed that he had been seen run­ning from the scene in pos­ses­sion of a ma­chete.

‘He was taken to a north Lon­don po­lice sta­tion where he re­mains in cus­tody. It is not yet known whether this weapon has been used.’

A Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice spokesman said: ‘We were called at 3.14pm to re­ports of an in­ci­dent. We sent an am­bu­lance crew, two sin­gle re­spon­ders in cars and an in­ci­dent re­sponse of­fi­cer to the scene. We also dis­patched Lon­don’s Air Am­bu­lance. Sadly, de­spite the ef­forts of medics, a per­son died at the scene.’

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