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Hainault stabbings: Police appeal after VIP fight at Garage Nation Festival

PUBLISHED: 14:59 01 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:59 01 July 2018

Picture: PA/Joe Giddens

Picture: PA/Joe Giddens

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Police are appealing for witnesses after four men were stabbed when a fight broke out in the VIP section of a Hainault music festival.

Officers were called at 7.35pm on Saturday, June 30, to Garage Nation Festival, Hainault Forest Country Park, Romford Road.

Three men, including a 22-year-old and a 26-year-old, were taken to hospital for treatment to stab and slash injuries. None of their injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

A fourth man was treated at the scene by medics and left before police arrived.

A Met Police spokesman told the Recorder; “Following the fight a group of male suspects were seen to run out of the VIP area – which is where the fight is believed to have taken place – towards the main entrance.”

Det Con Samantha Handley, of the East Area Command Unit CID, said officers are working with the festival organisers to identify those involved.

She said: “I would urge anyone who was at the event, specifically in and around the VIP area at 7.30pm, and who saw this incident or the events either side of this incident, to contact police.

“I would also appeal directly to the fourth person who was treated by medics but left prior to police arrival to contact officers – he may have information that could prove vital to progressing this investigation.”

There have been no arrests and inquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to call the East Area Command Unit CID via 101 quoting reference CAD 6922/30June or tweet @MetCC.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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