Brent Cross shopping centre evacuated after ‘stabbing in River Island’

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errified shoppers were evacuated out of Brent Cross Shopping Centre after reports of a stabbing.

Witnesses saw a defibrillator being used on the knife victim as he lay outside Marks and Spencers in the north-west London shopping mall at around 7.30pm.

Footage shared on social media shows police escorting shoppers outside of the building and an air ambulance landing in the empty car park.

Reports have claimed that the stabbing happened inside the River Island store with multiple officers seen rushing in.

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The victim was treated behind screens in the shopping mall

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One witness told the Standard: “I just caught the aftermath, they had somebody on the floor behind some privacy screens outside M&S. They were using a defibrillator on him so it must have been serious. I saw the police detaining one young-looking guy, possibly a teen at the scene.”

“We were really worried we got ushered away, then there were a lot of officers that stormed in.”

Met Police have been contacted for comment.

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