It’s the moment a bloodied man falls to the ground after being stabbed in broad daylight that bares London’s knife crime epidemic.
Graphic footage shows the aftermath of the stabbing attack – allegedly in which the victim’s hand was cut off with a large blade.
In the clip, a man sits in front of stunned witnesses lying in a pool of blood in the middle of two cars.
It then cuts to a different view of the victim as he appears to have a tea towel on his arm before revealing more red-scattered pavement.
It is the latest London Blade attack as knife crime continues in the capital – 10 people are caught with blades every day.
At least 23 teenagers have been killed in knife attacks so far this year, while 14 have been killed throughout 2020.
And for all ages across the capital, 71 people died in blade-related incidents in 2020.
Experts have attributed the sharp rise to the Covid lockdown and students spending months out of school.
If teen deaths continue at the current rate, it will be the worst year for youth homicides in London since 2008.
Officials said they were called to Golding Street in Tower Hamlets shortly before 5.45 p.m. on 12 September following reports of a stabbing.
A 19-year-old was found with a “significant” stab wound to the arm.
He was immediately taken to a major trauma center with “life-changing injuries”.
A second 20-year-old man was later discovered in nearby Christian Street with stab wounds and was also taken to hospital for treatment.
The second part of the video shows police handcuffing a man lying face down on the ground.
It appears to have been taken outside a block of flats, but police were unable to determine where and when the footage was shot.
Social media reports suggest that the arrest came soon after he was stabbed in “robbery gone wrong”.
‘Life changing injuries’
A Met Police spokesman said: “We are aware of a video on social media showing a man who appears to be on a street in Tower Hamlets, following which officers are making arrests.
“The first part of the video appears to have been filmed after an incident in Golding Street, E1, which is under investigation.
“It is not possible to determine where and when the second part of the video was filmed.
“We are aware of the commentary on social media about the circumstances that led to the incident.
“An investigation is ongoing and we would urge people not to speculate.”
Officers are urging anyone who witnessed the incident or has access to call 101, reference 5643/12SEP, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.