A major police operation is underway after a man was stabbed at the junction of Central Road and Longfellow Road.
Police, ambulance and the Met police helicopter were called following the incident which occurred just 20 minutes ago, at 18:40 this evening. An Asian male sustained serious leg injuries in the stabbing outside Halifax Bank.
Eyewitnesses describe an altercation between a number of men, following which the assailants were seen running off down Central Road, leaving the victim lying in the gutter.
Police have sealed off Longellow Road at the junction with Central Road and are focusing attention on a black Ford Fiesta, believed to have belonged to the victim, and a red BMW which it is thought was abandoned by one or more of his attackers.
UPDATE (20:00): I understand from blog sources that this was not a random attack on a passer-by but that the victim of this evening's incident knew his attackers and there is a history of trouble between the parties. The attacker is, according to my sources, known to the police.
UPDATE (22:45): The Fiesta and BMW are being removed from the scene for forensic examination. Longfellow Road is expected to be re-opened shortly.