Neighbours have described their shock after a quadruple stabbing in north London left an 11-year-old girl fighting for life.
A woman and three of her children were knifed in an “appalling attack” at a home in north London on Saturday,
One neighbour said: “I heard screaming and then I saw a woman lying down on the ground where the (police) tent is.
“She looked in really bad shape. Then I saw a 10-year-old girl on the floor. She was in very bad shape too. I’m not sure about the others. It’s awful.”
The 51-year-old man said he was listening to the radio when he heard a woman screaming.
He said: “I turned the radio off, then heard the screams… like three or four times within a few seconds, like ‘ahh… ahh… ahh’ as though something was happening to her.”
The neighbour said he saw police arrest a man at the top of the road.
He said: “The police were there very quickly. They shouted at the guy, ‘don’t move, don’t move, stay here’.
“Then one of the police officers grabbed hold of him.
“The neighbours were talking considerably to the police. They were looking at the ground around him. I don’t know if there was a weapon, or what.
“I knew it was a stabbing. The police looked shocked.”
A young woman, who lives across the road from the victims, was visibly affected by the incident.
She said: “I didn’t see the mum, but I saw and treated the children. We took a saucepan and water (from our house) to try and treat the wounds. I’m really shaken.”
Police were called at 12.13pm to Livingstone Road, a residential street off the North Circular Road.
The condition of the woman, in her 30s, and her two girls, both aged under 12, is now stable and non life-threatening after they were treated in hospital for serious stab wounds.
But the third child remains in a critical condition, the force said.
Detectives said the attacker was known to the victims and they are not hunting anyone else.
Detective Sergeant Joe Stewart, of Enfield Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said: “This was an appalling attack on a woman and her young children.
“They have sustained very serious injuries. Our thoughts are with them as they continue to receive vital treatment in hospital.
“Attacks like this on such young people are extremely rare.
“At this early stage of the investigation, we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.
“The attacker was known to the victims. There is no further risk to the public at this time.”
A crime scene and road closures remain in place around the area.
The suspect remains in a north London police station for questioning.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD3735/06July or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.
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