Beckenham Junction train attack: 19-year-old man arrested after brutal knife attack on train carriage

Shocking footage of the attack was shared widely on social media
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Police have arrested a man in connection with a shocking train knife attack in south-east London.

The British Transport Police confirmed that a 19-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the attack on board a train at Beckenham Junction station on Wednesday March 27. The force also said that a knife was also recovered following his arrest.

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A man in his 20s was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition. It comes as shocking footage was uploaded to social media showing the brutal attack, in which fellow passengers could be heard pleading with the attacker to stop.

The chilling footage showed the attacker wielding a large machete-like knife and repeatedly thrusting towards the victim, who is out of shot, on a train seat, while nearby passengers desperately called for police and paramedics.

Superintendent Darren Malpas said: “We understand the concerns of the public following this incident and our detectives have been working tirelessly to investigate. I hope this arrest will bring some reassurance to those on the rail network. High-visibility patrols will continue in the area and across the network as a visible reassurance to the travelling public.

“Any witnesses who are yet to get in touch are urged to do so by calling 0800 405040 or texting 61016 quoting reference 397 of 27 March. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”