University of East London Stabbing
University of East London stabbing: Manhunt launched and campus on lockdown after student knifed outside university halls.
A manhunt is under way for a knifeman who stabbed a student outside a university’s halls of residence.
The man in his 20s was attacked outside the main entrance of the University of East London’s Docklands campus, near London City Airport, at 9pm on Tuesday.
Terrified students were ordered not to leave their accommodation, with dozens locked inside the sports centre, as police flooded surrounding roads in the hunt for the attacker.
Witnesses said security guards administered first-aid to the victim before paramedics arrived and rushed him to hospital.
The victim’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, police said.
Donna Ashby, a music management undergraduate, said: “Three first responder cars, two police cars and an ambulance arrived on campus and they all ran to security.
“The guy was lying behind a small brick wall. There were lots of people crowding over him, which didn’t look good. “He was put straight on a stretcher and rushed off.
“Police started searching around the road entrance to the university, it looks like they found a jacket and took it away in an evidence bag.
“It’s worrying knowing this happened right outside your flat. We’d only walked to the shop about a half hour before.”
The stabbing occurred at the entrance to the student village, which houses 1,200 students. The riverside campus also includes lecture theatres, a library and a £21million sport centre used by Team USA during London 2012.
The main entrance was cordoned off overnight as investigations continued, with witnesses saying the attacker was seen fleeing towards Gallions Reach DLR station.
Journalism student Aurora Krogh added: “We just saw loads of police and ambulances outside our building then they took someone away.
“They closed off the street and wouldn’t let people leave the sports centre. It looked really serious, there was a lot police searching with dogs and paramedics around.”
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A UEL Spokeswoman confirmed a student at the university had been the victim of the stabbing.
She said: “This is a highly unusual incident and our immediate concern is to support the injured student – who is currently being treated in hospital – and his family.
“Instructions have been given to release CCTV footage to the police on request and we are making available witnesses to the police.”
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police were called to University Way, E16, at approximately 9pm on 14 February to reports of a stabbing.
“London Ambulance Service was called to the scene. A man in his 20s was found with stab wounds.
“He is at an east London hospital. There have been no arrests.”