Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was stabbed at the Sunbury Cross shopping centre earlier this evening (19 May).
We were called by a member of the public at 17.10 after they saw a fight break out amongst a large group of youths close to the entrance to the Marks and Spencer store. The group are described as being White and Mixed Race males, aged between 14 and 19, mostly wearing jogging bottoms and hoodies, all with face coverings. Some of the group are believed to have had bicycles.
During the fight a 19-year-old man received a stab wound from a large blade, believed to be a machete (or similar knife) approximately 30cm long. The other youths fled the scene towards the nearby Spelthorne Grove estate.
The victim received first aid in a nearby shop and was taken to hospital where the injury has been described as serious, but thankfully not life threatening or life changing.
Police officers, including armed officers, immediately flooded the scene to try and find the individuals responsible and the weapon used, however they have not yet been able to identify the group responsible.
We would like to speak to anyone who was in the Sunbury Cross Shopping Centre between 16.45 and 17.30 this evening (19 May) and may have seen or heard the build up to the fight. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have dashcam or helmet cam footage, or mobile phone footage, of the area that may show the people responsible. There are a number of fast-food outlets nearby and it is possible that delivery drivers may have captured the moments before the incident without being aware of what was happening.
We are also keen to speak to anyone who was driving along the A308 at around the same time, and may have captured footage, or saw the group of people responsible as they travelled to or from the location. Finally, we are asking anyone who may spot discarded clothing or weapons in the vicinity to contact police without touching the items, so that they can be forensically recovered.
Sergeant David Richardson said: “We understand this will be an alarming incident for shoppers and locals, as it happened in front of many people in broad daylight. I would like to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to find those responsible. If you have any information which could help our investigation, I urge you to please get in contact with us straightaway.”
If you have any information which could help, please contact us quoting incident/crime reference number P21105771 via: