Police have urged the public to ‘stay vigilant’ as they launched a manhunt after four people were stabbed in separate random attacks in London.
All four victims were attacked from behind without warning in Edmonton, north London, between 7pm last night and 10am this morning.
Police are hunting for a black male, approximately 6ft 3ins tall, of skinny build and wearing dark clothing, possibly wearing a hooded top.
Metropolitan Police said: ‘Urgent enquiries are underway to trace the single male suspect.
‘The four victims are all from different backgrounds and appear to have been selected at random due to them being alone and vulnerable.
‘There is nothing to suggest this incident is terror related.’
A woman, 45, is fighting for her life after being stabbed in the back at 7.02pm in Aberdeen Road, Edmonton, on Saturday night.
The second stabbing took place a few hours later, at quarter past midnight on Sunday, when a man was stabbed in Park Avenue.
Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and the victim was taken to an east London hospital for treatment – his condition is not life-threatening.
The third incident, at 03.55am, invovled another man, 23, who was found with stab injuries outside Seven Sisters tube station.
Police believe he was stabbed in Silver Street, Edmonton and had made his way to the tube station. He is now fighting for his life in a critical condition in hospital.
The fourth attack took place at 09.43am in Brettenham Road, where officers discovered another man who had been stabbed in the back. His injuries are not life-threatening but are potentially life- changing, police said.
DCI Stuart Smillie from North Area Command said: ‘Police are treating the four stabbing related incidents as potentially linked.’
He added: ‘We are working on the hypothesis that the single male suspect is acting alone and mental health issues may be a factor. All of the people he has targeted have been walking alone and he has approached from behind without warning.
‘Members of the public who have information about this suspect or have spotted someone acting suspiciously who matches his description are advised to call police on 999 and not to approach the man.
‘His description has been circulated to all officers in North Area who are carrying out patrols, CCTV footage enquiries and policing busy areas around where the incidents took place, particularly where he was last seen where police arrived four minutes after the call to police was made.
‘A picture of this suspect will be circulated as soon as one is retrieved. My advice to the public in the area where these incidents took place stay vigilant, be aware of your surroundings and call 999 if you see anyone matching the suspects description behaving suspiciously.’