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Teens injured in ‘linked’ stabbings in Upper Holloway

Bar worker who came to aid of victim: ‘We rushed out and tried to compress the wound’

10 May, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Police cordon off Fairbridge Road, the site of the reported stabbing

PUB workers rushed to help a teenager who had been stabbed in the back during a “linked” double stabbing in Upper Holloway on Monday eve­ning.

Police officers were called at around 5.30pm to a stabbing in Fairbridge Road and found a teenage boy, thought to be 17 years old, suffering from knife wounds.

Ten minutes later, a second teenager – believed to be 18 – was found with stab injuries in nearby Sussex Way. They are both being treated in hospital by emergency teams.

One man, who works at a pub off Sussex Way but wishes to remain anonymous, said: “The boy collapsed outside someone’s front garden just three doors from us.

“We rushed out and tried to compress the wound and stop the blood. We brought out loads of towels and stayed until the ambulance came, trying to keep him aware.

“He kept trying to get up. He was conscious when the ambulance came but there was so much blood gushing out. He told us he was from Newington Green.”

He added: “I was fine straight after but a few hours later I’m really feeling the shock. I can’t stop smoking.”

The condition of the two teenagers was initially said to be “life threatening” but they were deemed to be in a “non-life threatening” condition within a few days.

Large sections of Sussex Way and Fairbridge Road were closed off by the police as they investigated.

Detectives from the Central North Command Unit are trying to establish the full circumstances but said the stabbings were “linked”.

No one has been arrested for the stabbings.

There was an increased police presence in the borough following the stabbings with officers given Section 60 powers throughout the whole borough until Wednesday morning.

The power allows police officers to stop and search anyone without reasonable grounds in a certain area and time when there is evidence that serious violence has taken place or may take place.

Anyone with information that may assist police has been asked to call 101 quoting CAD 5043/ 06may. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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