A stabbing in Surrey has been declared by police as a ‘terror incident’ after a 19-year-old was knifed by a man shouting racist abuse.
The 19-year-old victim, who has not been named, was stabbed in Stanwell, in Surrey, at 10.30pm yesterday and sustained non-life threatening injuries but remains in hospital.
A 50-year-old man was arrested following the stabbing and the incident was initially being treated as attempted murder but has today been upgraded to a terror investigation.
Police were called to the scene after calls of a man acting aggressively and shouting racist comments whilst carrying a baseball bat and a knife.
It is believed he approached a group of youths in a Tesco car park and asked one of the lads if he wanted to die, and then added “Well you’re going to die” before swinging the knife at him and stabbing him in the hand, according to Surrey Live.
An unnamed witness said: “A young group was hanging out in Tesco car park in their cars. A man walked over to one of the vehicles and spoke to the young man who was driving.
“The man asked the young lad if he wanted to die, and then said ‘Well you’re going to die’ and swung the knife at the young lad.
“The young lad held his hand up and was stabbed in the hand.”
Police have also confirmed they have stepped up patrols around local Mosques to provide assurances to those in the area.
The stabbing comes just two days after a far-right attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, by Australian-born terrorist Brenton Tarrant.
Assistant commissioner, Neil Basu, head of Counter Terrorism Policing, said on Sunday: ‘Whilst this investigation is still in its infancy, it has hallmarks of a terror event, inspired by the far-right, and therefore it has been declared a terrorism incident.’
‘This allows us to use all of the specialist capabilities available to establish the full circumstances of this attack.’
He added: ‘The investigation is being led by an investigation team based in the Counter Terrorism Policing, South East region, who are working closely with our colleagues in Surrey Police in order to build a better picture of what has occurred.’
‘The public also has a part to play – and I would urge everyone to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police.’
Detective Superintendent for Surrey Police, Karen Mizzi, said: ‘I want to reassure residents that we are doing all we can to ensure a thorough investigation takes place and we are supporting those affected by last night’s events.
‘Patrols will be stepped up across Stanwell in order to provide assurances to those in the area specifically around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faiths, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves.
‘We stand together with all communities in Surrey and we will take action against any criminal behaviour which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate. There can never be any excuse for this type of incident in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated.’