Counter Terrorism Policing South East are leading an investigation into an incident last night, which has now been declared a terrorist incident, following the arrest of a man on suspicion of attempted murder and racially aggravated public order in Surrey.
A 50-year-old man was arrested yesterday evening (16 March) by Surrey Police officers following a stabbing in Stanwell.
Just before 10.30pm Surrey Police were called to Viola Avenue, to reports of a man acting aggressively and shouting racist comments whilst carrying a baseball bat and a knife. Several nearby vehicles were also damaged.
A further call was received by Surrey Police at 10.30pm reporting that a man had been stabbed. It is believed that the suspect is the same man who was reported as acting aggressively.
Officers, including armed officers, were quickly on scene to search for the suspect. Officers located the man, who is from Stanwell, and arrested him, he is currently in police custody. Police are not looking for any other persons in connection with this incident.
The 19-years old victim sustained non-life threatening injuries, he was taken to hospital where he remains at this time.
Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, Head of Counter Terrorism Policing said “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. 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.
“Police are committed to tackling all forms of toxic extremist ideology, which has the potential to threaten public safety and security.
“Local officers will be out and about providing reassurance and protective security advice to communities, places of worship and businesses.
“Our utmost priority is keeping the public safe. Counter Terrorism Policing and security partners continue to work tirelessly to stop and disrupt attacks in the UK and to prevent people from being drawn into violent extremism.
“Police also routinely carry out daily activities to provide protection and security to the public, institutions and businesses. This activity remains under constant review to counter the threats that the UK is facing.
“The public also has a part to play – and I would urge everyone to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police.”