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London: Attempts to prevent a robbery leads to stabbing in broad daylight

Police were called to a harrowing scene in central London after reports of 3 people being stabbed while trying prevent someone from stealing a phone

Source: Daily Mail

Three people have been stabbed and a further one person injured after being 'pushed to the floor' in a bloodbath on the streets of central London this morning.

A mass emergency response has been seen near Liverpool Street Station as multiple ambulances and police cars rushed to a scene on Bishopsgate.

Footage on social media showed four police vehicles and four ambulance vehicles on the road by the 22 Bishopsgate skyscraper.

The City of London police said: 'We are aware of an incident this morning on Bishopsgate.  Our officers are at the scene and London Ambulance are in attendance. A cordon is currently in place.'

They later said: 'We received reports of three stabbings and a person pushed to the floor on Bishopsgate at 9.46 am and officers arrived at the scene at 9.51 am.  Three victims were taken by LAS to a nearby hospital to be treated.  This is an ongoing situation, but is not being treated as terror-related.'

No arrests have been made at this time, MailOnline understands.

London Ambulance said in a tweet: 'We were called at 9:52 am today to reports of a stabbing in Bishopsgate.  We sent a number of resources - three ambulance crews, two advance paramedics, two incident response officers and our Tactical Response Unit.  Our crews treated four patients. Three were taken to hospital and one discharged.'

The exact cause of the incident remains unclear but reports online suggest it could have been triggered by a row over an attempted theft.

Witnesses have reported seeing two suspects in balaclavas on electric bikes who attempted to steal someone's phone.

Passers-by leaped into action to stop the theft outside the impressive 22 Bishopsgate sky scrapper shortly before 10 am.

Police have so far ruled out terrorism.

A police source told MailOnline: 'The incident appears to be an attempted phone snatch.  Three members of the public intervened and were injured.  One person was stabbed and two were slashed.  However, their injuries are not life-threatening.'

He added: 'There does not appear to be any link to terrorism.' 

Andrea Silva told The Metro: 'I did not see it happen. I saw from a bus.  There was a fair amount of blood visible but the casualties were behind a white screen.  Lots of paramedics over someone on the floor.  That is all I saw.'

A second eyewitness told the Evening Standard that casualties were 'hidden behind a white screen.'

Another tweeted: 'Just saw about four badly injured people on the side in the road by Bishopsgate going by on the bus.'

Reports say the incident lasted around two minutes and took place just a few hundred meters from a police station.

Local MP Nickie Aiken said: 'Concerned to learn of the incident in Bishopsgate. I'm in contact with City Police for updates.

'My thoughts are with all those involved including the first responders.'

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