Passenger stabbed to death on board a train from Guildford to London

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A knifeman is on the run after a passenger was stabbed to death on board a train to London in front of horrified travellers this afternoon.

Witnesses say the man in his 50s was knifed in the neck following a scuffle with another passenger who then fled into the surrounding Clandon area – just one stop into the Surrey to London journey.

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the bloody attack on the 12.58 service from Guildford to Waterloo and are still searching for the killer.

One woman passenger, who asked not to be named, said: ‘There was a lot of blood everywhere in the carriage. I don’t think the poor chap stood a chance.

‘The police who were here first started to give him CPR but it was apparently too late to save him and he died while the train was in the station.’ 

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A knifeman is on the run after a passenger was stabbed to death on board a train to London in front of horrified travellers this afternoon. Detectives have launched a murder enquiry after the man in his 50s was knifed once in the neck on the 12.58pm service travelling from Guildford to Waterloo 

A knifeman is on the run after a passenger was stabbed to death on board a train to London in front of horrified travellers this afternoon. Detectives have launched a murder enquiry after the man in his 50s was knifed once in the neck on the 12.58pm service travelling from Guildford to Waterloo 

A passenger has been stabbed to death on board a train to London in front of horrified travellers this afternoon. Detectives have launched a murder enquiry after the man in his 50s was knifed once in the neck on the 12.58pm service travelling from Guildford to Waterloo 

Despite desperate attempts from paramedics the man died at the scene, while the attacker is thought to have got off the train fled into the surrounding Clandon area - just one stop into the Surrey to London journey (pictured is Horsley Station, where the train pulled in) 

Despite desperate attempts from paramedics the man died at the scene, while the attacker is thought to have got off the train fled into the surrounding Clandon area - just one stop into the Surrey to London journey (pictured is Horsley Station, where the train pulled in) 

Despite desperate attempts from paramedics the man died at the scene, while the attacker is thought to have got off the train fled into the surrounding Clandon area – just one stop into the Surrey to London journey (pictured is Horsley Station, where the train pulled in) 

The attacker is thought to have got off the train fled into the surrounding Clandon area - just one stop into the Surrey to London journey. Police have cordoned off the station and are conducting investigations

The attacker is thought to have got off the train fled into the surrounding Clandon area - just one stop into the Surrey to London journey. Police have cordoned off the station and are conducting investigations

The attacker is thought to have got off the train fled into the surrounding Clandon area – just one stop into the Surrey to London journey. Police have cordoned off the station and are conducting investigations

A police officer and station staff member stand at Horsley station while forensics conduct their investigation.  One woman passenger, who asked not to be named, said: 'There was a lot of blood everywhere in the carriage. I don't think the poor chap stood a chance'

A police officer and station staff member stand at Horsley station while forensics conduct their investigation.  One woman passenger, who asked not to be named, said: 'There was a lot of blood everywhere in the carriage. I don't think the poor chap stood a chance'

A police officer and station staff member stand at Horsley station while forensics conduct their investigation.  One woman passenger, who asked not to be named, said: ‘There was a lot of blood everywhere in the carriage. I don’t think the poor chap stood a chance’

The forensics at the scene at Horsley station today. A number of officers are now in the Clandon area, attempting to identify and trace the man responsible for this assault. No arrests have been made at present

The forensics at the scene at Horsley station today. A number of officers are now in the Clandon area, attempting to identify and trace the man responsible for this assault. No arrests have been made at present

The forensics at the scene at Horsley station today. A number of officers are now in the Clandon area, attempting to identify and trace the man responsible for this assault. No arrests have been made at present

Other passengers said how the ticket inspector and driver leaped into action to desperately try and save the man before emergency services arrived.

Police are now in the area, attempting to identify and trace the man responsible for this assault. 

Officers have sealed off Clandon as the manhunt for the killer continued.

Dozens of commuters cars were stranded in the car park at the Surrey station with owners told they would have to remain parked until forensic teams had completed their investigation.

Earlier a police helicopter had hovered over the surrounding countryside as it scoured farmland and nearby National Trust property of Clandon Park.

Forensics officers are continuing their work at Horsley station this evening, following the stabbing of a man in his 50s. No arrests have been made

Forensics officers are continuing their work at Horsley station this evening, following the stabbing of a man in his 50s. No arrests have been made

Forensics officers are continuing their work at Horsley station this evening, following the stabbing of a man in his 50s. No arrests have been made

A number of police cars at the station where a man in his 50s was knifed in an attack. Lines will remain closed while police conduct their investigations

A number of police cars at the station where a man in his 50s was knifed in an attack. Lines will remain closed while police conduct their investigations

A number of police cars at the station where a man in his 50s was knifed in an attack. Lines will remain closed while police conduct their investigations

The killer would have had a choice of walking either towards the village of Send or towards East Clandon on leaving the station.

Drinkers at the Onslow Arms, about a quarter of a mile from the Clandon station, said they heard the helicopter hovering overhead during the afternoon.

‘There were lot of police cars racing along the road and word soon went round someone had been stabbed, said one of the pub regulars. 

‘There’s hardly any serious crime round here so everyone took notice’

No arrests have been made yet and it is not known if the two men were known to one another.

Another witness praised the efforts of the railway staff in the frenzied aftermath of the attack. 

Natalie Jones tweeted: ‘I was on this train. How those guards and especially the train driver went into action was nothing short of incredible.’ 

12.58pm service travelling from Guildford to Waterloo: Map shows the journey from London to Surrey

12.58pm service travelling from Guildford to Waterloo: Map shows the journey from London to Surrey

12.58pm service travelling from Guildford to Waterloo: Map shows the journey from London to Surrey

Oliver Thompson, a 16-year-old student living in Clandon, said he was stopped by police in the area at roughly 2.30pm and asked if he had seen a ‘man running from the station’.

A little later he saw police helicopters circling the area before being joined by ‘a police van with high-powered lights’ as conditions darkened.

‘It comes as a big surprise as Clandon is a quiet area that you wouldn’t associate with crime like this,’ he said.

‘It is definitely unnerving to think there is a murderer maybe somewhere in the village.’

A Home Office pathologist was expected to carry out a post mortem examination on the man’s body to establish the exact cause of his death and the Surrey coroner was notified of the death. 

Natalie Jones tweeted: 'I was on this train. How those guards and especially the train driver went into action was nothing short of incredible'

Natalie Jones tweeted: 'I was on this train. How those guards and especially the train driver went into action was nothing short of incredible'

Natalie Jones tweeted: ‘I was on this train. How those guards and especially the train driver went into action was nothing short of incredible’

It is understood the murder happened after two men became involved in a scuffle following a dispute. Witnesses said that punches were thrown and the victim was then stabbed in the neck. The station remains cordoned off while police, including forensic officers, investigate

It is understood the murder happened after two men became involved in a scuffle following a dispute. Witnesses said that punches were thrown and the victim was then stabbed in the neck. The station remains cordoned off while police, including forensic officers, investigate

It is understood the murder happened after two men became involved in a scuffle following a dispute. Witnesses said that punches were thrown and the victim was then stabbed in the neck. The station remains cordoned off while police, including forensic officers, investigate

Police are now in the area, attempting to identify and trace the man responsible for this assault. No arrests have been made yet. A Home Office pathologist was expected to carry out a post mortem examination on the man's body to establish the exact cause of his death and the Surrey coroner was notified of the death

Police are now in the area, attempting to identify and trace the man responsible for this assault. No arrests have been made yet. A Home Office pathologist was expected to carry out a post mortem examination on the man's body to establish the exact cause of his death and the Surrey coroner was notified of the death

Police are now in the area, attempting to identify and trace the man responsible for this assault. No arrests have been made yet. A Home Office pathologist was expected to carry out a post mortem examination on the man’s body to establish the exact cause of his death and the Surrey coroner was notified of the death

Forensics staff, pictured at Horsley station, where a man in his 50s was knifed in the neck following a scuffle with another passenger who then fled into the surrounding Clandon

Forensics staff, pictured at Horsley station, where a man in his 50s was knifed in the neck following a scuffle with another passenger who then fled into the surrounding Clandon

Forensics staff, pictured at Horsley station, where a man in his 50s was knifed in the neck following a scuffle with another passenger who then fled into the surrounding Clandon

Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson from British Transport Police, said: ‘This was a shocking and violent attack which took place on-board a train in broad daylight. 

‘Officers from BTP are with the family and have deployed a specially trained family liaison officer to support them through this difficult time.

‘We know that this was an incredibly frightening incident for passengers travelling on the train. 

One woman passenger, who asked not to be named, said: 'There was a lot of blood everywhere in the carriage. I don't think the poor chap stood a chance. The police who were here first started to give him CPR but it was apparently too late to save him and he died while the train was in the station' (forensic officers sweep the area)

One woman passenger, who asked not to be named, said: 'There was a lot of blood everywhere in the carriage. I don't think the poor chap stood a chance. The police who were here first started to give him CPR but it was apparently too late to save him and he died while the train was in the station' (forensic officers sweep the area)

One woman passenger, who asked not to be named, said: ‘There was a lot of blood everywhere in the carriage. I don’t think the poor chap stood a chance. The police who were here first started to give him CPR but it was apparently too late to save him and he died while the train was in the station’ (forensic officers sweep the area)

South Western Railway said lines will be closed while police conduct their investigation. Rail replacement buses are being provided and train tickets are being accepted on Southern Railway services between Dorking and Clapham Junction and some Stagecoach bus services

South Western Railway said lines will be closed while police conduct their investigation. Rail replacement buses are being provided and train tickets are being accepted on Southern Railway services between Dorking and Clapham Junction and some Stagecoach bus services

South Western Railway said lines will be closed while police conduct their investigation. Rail replacement buses are being provided and train tickets are being accepted on Southern Railway services between Dorking and Clapham Junction and some Stagecoach bus services

‘We believe that the suspect and victim boarded the train at London Road at 1.01pm and we would encourage who was on this train to come forward regardless of whether or not they think they can help our investigation. 

‘We believe the suspect departed the train at Clandon station.

‘Passengers and members of the public can expect to see an increased presence by BTP and Surrey Police officers at Horsley and Clandon as our enquiries continue.

‘We would advise anyone in the local area who sees anyone they think maybe the suspect to contact 999 immediately.’

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling tweeted: ‘The incident near Horsley is tragic, and our deepest sympathies are with the victim and their family. I urge anyone who witnessed what happened to contact @BTP and @SurreyPolice, by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40.’

National Rail announced delays and cancellations following the attack - with services on the line halted while police conduct their investigations 

National Rail announced delays and cancellations following the attack - with services on the line halted while police conduct their investigations 

National Rail announced delays and cancellations following the attack – with services on the line halted while police conduct their investigations 

View of the South Western Railway service from Guildford in Surrey to London. The attack took place on the 12.58 service today. Lines will remain closed while police conduct their investigations

View of the South Western Railway service from Guildford in Surrey to London. The attack took place on the 12.58 service today. Lines will remain closed while police conduct their investigations

View of the South Western Railway service from Guildford in Surrey to London. The attack took place on the 12.58 service today. Lines will remain closed while police conduct their investigations

BTP have said:  'Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information should contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 – quoting reference 210 of 04/01/19. Or you can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111'

BTP have said:  'Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information should contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 – quoting reference 210 of 04/01/19. Or you can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111'

BTP have said:  ‘Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information should contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 – quoting reference 210 of 04/01/19. Or you can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111’

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information should contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 – quoting reference 210 of 04/01/19. Or you can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

South Western Railway said: ‘Due to the police dealing with an incident between Guildford and Effingham Junction the line is blocked.

‘Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 9pm.’

Lines will remain closed while police conduct their investigations, they added. 

Rail replacement buses are being provided and train tickets are being accepted on Southern Railway services between Dorking and Clapham Junction and some Stagecoach bus services.

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It’s a New Year and already a number of violent incidents have shocked the Capital.

The first stab victim of New Year was named as 33-year-old mother Charlotte Huggins.

She was stabbed to death at her home in Camberwell, south-east London, at 4.20am yesterday hours after wishing ‘all a happy new year’ on Facebook.

Police officers were called to the house at 4.20am – and she was pronounced dead half an hour later.

Meanwhile in Mayfair, police were called to a property at 5.36am to reports of a stabbing, and attended with London Ambulance Service paramedics

A doorman, Tudor Simionov, was found with stab injuries following the private party and pronounced dead at 6.05am.

Two other security staff and a woman who came to the door were also stabbed, and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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