LONDON 2012: Fatal stabbing as gang fight flares up near Olympic Park
FIVE men have been arrested after a fatal stabbing in the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, which sits alongside London 2012's Olympic Park.
The gang fight occured as team officials, including a large delegation from Team GB, were spending their first night in the nearby Olympic Village, which backs onto the huge shopping complex.
Police have confirmed a 24-year old man, who lives in Stratford, suffered stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman added: “We were called just before 4.25pm to reports of a stabbing at Westfield and sent two ambulance crews, a responder in a car, an officer and London’s Air Ambulance to the scene.
“Sadly, despite extensive efforts to resuscitate him, the patient was pronounced dead at the scene.
"We were also called to Stratford underground station and sent two further ambulance crews and another responder in a car. Two male patients were treated at the scene, one of them for stab wounds and a second for minor injuries, and both have been taken to hospital.”
Shops around where the fight took place were closed and police forensic teams are still working in some parts of the complex this morning.
There is also a visible police presence with patrols set to be stepped up across the weekend.
Acting Det Chief Insp Kelly said: “We believe that shoppers at the centre may have filmed or photographed some part of the incident on their mobile phones.We encourage them to come forward and share this potentially vital material with us.”
The five who were arrested are aged between 21 and 23. They were arrested in connection with the enquiry and are in custody.
British Olympic Association deputy chef de mission Sir Clive Woodward, who had been with team officials in the Olympic Village, tweeted this morning: "Just walked where gang fight took place in Westfield. So much good happening in Stratford then this just terrible news."
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