London’s latest murder victim begged to see his wife after he was stabbed when leaving a pub in a leafy suburb, according to a witness who gave first aid.
A suspect has been arrested after the victim, a man in his 60s, was attacked in Southall, north west London, on Saturday evening.
The alleged murderer is in hospital with minor injuries under a police guard as neighbours described the sexagenarian as a ‘very nice gentleman’.
Raj Grover, who lives nearby, said he was about to go to his own surprise 41st birthday party when the victim knocked at his door with stab wounds.
‘He was ringing our doorbell. He rang the bell and I went out, my son was there, he was shouting “dad, come out”‘ he told PA.
A suspect has been arrested after the victim, a man in his 60s, was was stabbed to death in Southall, north west London, on Saturday evening. Pictured: Forensic investigations on the scene
The alleged murderer is in hospital with minor injuries under a police guard as neighbours described the sexagenarian as a ‘very nice gentleman’
‘I went downstairs and saw he (the victim) was full of blood, and then I was running to pick up a towel.
‘I put the towel on and I was pressing to stop the blood, then my wife came out, we called the ambulance and the police.’
Scotland Yard said police were called at about 6.41pm and the victim was treated by paramedics and air ambulance crews, but died at the scene.
Mr Grover, who runs a local property business, said that as they waited for emergency services, the man told him: ‘Just call my wife.’
He remained with the victim for about 30 to 40 minutes before leaving to go to his party, after emergency services took over.
‘(He was) just saying, “I’m losing it”, I said, “don’t worry, stay with us”,’ said Mr Grover, who lives near the victim.
Scotland Yard said police were called at about 6.41pm and the victim was treated by paramedics and air ambulance crews, but died at the scene
A police cordon remains in place in the leafy west London surburb
A helicopter from London air ambulance landed in nearby Norwood Green to come to the scene near the Plough pub on Tentelow Lane
‘The wife was there, she was very nice, she was very calm. She said, “it’s okay, an ambulance will be coming soon”.
‘His wife, she mentioned he went to the pub, I don’t know what happened in the pub just around the corner, he came back, was on his way back and somebody stabbed him twice, stabbed him two times with a knife on the stomach and on his side.’
He added: ‘(The stabbing) was on the beginning of our street. He was walking with the blood drops all around the street and he walked to our house.
A helicopter from London air ambulance landed in nearby Norwood Green to come to the scene near the Plough Inn pub on Tentelow Lane
‘God bless him, he was a very nice gentleman.’
Mr Grover said he knew the man as a neighbour who would regularly walk by and say hello when they met.
‘Last year the same thing happened, next to the street,’ he said, referring to a separate incident in the area. ‘It was my friend being shot with four bullets.’
He said his friend made a full recovery, but later moved to Dubai.
A cordon remained in place around the street late on Saturday night, and police said inquiries were ongoing.
A helicopter from London air ambulance landed in nearby Norwood Green to come to the scene near the Plough Inn pub on Tentelow Lane.
Pictured: The locations at which murder investigations have been sparked in London since the start of the year
It’s the second tragedy in a week for the west London suburb, after Brit Amitpal Singh Bajaj, 34, from Southall was choked to death in Thailand while celebrating his 10 year wedding anniversary.
There have been 90 killings in London already this year.
The stabbing comes just a week after a teenager who was knifed to death in another week of bloodshed in London was attacked over a £10 debt.
Solomon Small, 18, was fatally stabbed in Brixton, south London, at 2pm on August 15 – marking the 91st murder in the capital this year and 16th teenage victim.
The murder happened in St Mary’s Avenue in Southall (pictured), a leafy surburb of north west London
Horrified witnesses told how the attacker bumped fists with Mr Small before cutting his throat and chest in front of a woman.
Writing in the Mail On Sunday earlier this month, Prime Minster Boris Johnson vowed to tackle the record high knife crime in the city where he use to lead as mayor.
‘We have knife-related homicides running at their highest level since 1946’ he said.
‘We have seen a 34 per cent increase in stabbings of young people in the past five years, an 82 per cent rise in knife crime in that time, and in the past few days we have seen a brave police officer endure a frenzied attack in East London by a man armed with a foot-long machete.
‘We have the impression of a growing culture of insolence on the part of the thugs; and in the face of that sense of impunity – entirely misplaced – I believe the British public knows instinctively what we must do’ he added.