The man was stabbed three times at around 11.20pm near Clapton Common in Hackney, according to witnesses. Volunteers from a Jewish community group rushed to the victim’s aid as he staggered inside the bakery for help. A woman was discovered nearby also suffering from stab wounds. Both were rushed to hospital for treatment.
Officers arrested a man at the scene.
A small knife with a plastic handled was seen on grass near where the pair were stabbed.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said the force is not treating the incident as a hate crime.
They said: “A 33-year-old man was arrested near to the scene. He has been taken into police custody.
Stock: Police have arrested a man in relation to an incident in Clapton Common
“The incident is not being treated as a hate crime.
“It is understood that those injured and the man arrested are Romanian nationals.”
Officers cordoned off Stamford Hill junction while they dealt with the double stabbing last night.
Stock: A police cordon is in place
Shomrim Stamford Hill, a community safety patrol made up of Jewish volunteers, said members administered first aid to one of the stabbing victims.
The group tweeted a video of police officers on the Common.
They appear to be arresting a suspect who is sitting on the grass.
Another video posted on social media shows a man lying on the floor of the bakery while two people try to help him.
He can be seen in front of a counter near a sign which reads “Patisserie, Danish, Croissants”.
A male police officer and an Orthodox Jewish man appear to be offering assistance.
Shomrim said a volunteer “on the way home from Synagogue” gave one of the victims first aid until paramedics arrived.
MPS Hackney tweeted: “We were called at 23:20hrs to reports of a stabbing near Clapton Common, E5.
“Officers attended and found two people suffering from injures.
“They have been taken to hospital.
“A man was arrested at the scene and taken to a nearby police station.
“A cordon remains in place.”
Members of the Jewish community group won praise on social media for springing into action in the aftermath of the double attack.
One person said: “Great effort by all involved.
“Through community we can all help each other whatever our personal beliefs.”
And a second person praised them for their “excellent work”.
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