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02nd Nov 2018

Armed police called to Sony Music headquarters after two people stabbed (Report)

Will Lavin

A man was seen entering the building with a machete.

Armed police stormed Sony Music’s London headquarters on Friday morning following reports that a man with a machete was seen entering the building.

Firearms officers, the Metropolitan Police and paramedics were called to the scene on Derry Street in Kensington.

Before office workers were evacuated from the building, reports claim they hid under tables amid reports of a fight between two chefs in which one was stabbed with a seven-inch kitchen knife.

A man was arrested following reports that two people were injured, one of whom was taken to hospital and the other a major trauma centre, although their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

One of the injured was seen being wheeled away on a stretcher, while onlookers also caught a glimpse of a man being led away in handcuffs.

Workers inside the building that houses Sony imprints RCA, Columbia, Black Butter Records and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, spoke of their ordeal to the Standard:

“It was between two kitchen staff. They were in uniform,” one said.

“There was a lot of shouting and commotion. It looked like they were having a fight. One had fallen over and was on his back and the other was standing over him. I thought he was raining punches down, but then I saw the knife.

“It was about six or seven inches long, and he was standing over him trying to get him, stabbing downwards as the other man put his arms up to defend himself.

“He was going nuts. There was a lot of shouting.

“Other staff were standing around – they didn’t want to get too close because he had a massive knife.”

The same witness said they saw the victim stabbed in the upper thigh, before the pair were separated.

“The guy with the leg injury had a towel wrapped around his leg, and the attacker was sitting down on the floor, still obviously very angry, with people trying to calm him down, and paper towels wrapped around his arm,” the witness said.

The witness added that there were two pools of blood on the floor, while another woman looked like she had been hurt after apparently falling over in the commotion.

In a statement, Sony Music UK said: “Two members of the catering team were involved in a violent altercation. The incident is now in the hands of the Metropolitan Police.”

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