Zero tolerance call after five are knifed in night of carnage
PUBLISHED: 18:13 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:50 16 August 2010
A STREET brawl involving nine men outside a pub left two men seriously injured and three more with stab wounds. The fight broke out at around 7pm on
A STREET brawl involving nine men outside a pub left two men seriously injured and three more with stab wounds.
The fight broke out at around 7pm on Monday evening outside the Bird in Hand pub, Bickley Road, Bickley.
Two men suffered 'life threatening' abdominal stab wounds while the other three had minor stab injuries.
Mary Johnson, of Sundridge Avenue, was on the 162 bus when it was stopped by police.
She said: "I thought there had been a serious road accident because it's unusual for there to be no traffic allowed either way.
"I decided to get off and walk down the road because we'd been sat there for ages. I walked a little way and then saw two girls were walking towards me crying.
"I asked them what was wrong they said some men had been stabbed and had been laying on the floor with blood coming from their chests.
"I was shocked because it's the type of pub people go to for a quiet drink or a meal and the area is quite nice."
Three of the victims were discharged from hospital on Monday night while the two men with abdominal injuries remain in a serious but stable condition at a south London hospital.
Four men in their 30s were arrested and are being held at various south London police stations.
A police spokesman said: "Five men aged 30 to 50 were found suffering from serious to minor injuries.
"Two of the victims had been stabbed in the abdomen and were taken to hospital with life threatening injuries. Three others had minor stab wounds.
"The men were taken to various south London hospitals. Officers are investigating the incident and four men believed to be in their 30s remain in custody at various south London police stations."
Police said all the victims and suspects are white and are keeping an open mind about motive.
Witnesses said the road was closed for several hours and forensic officers were still investigating the scene on Tuesday afternoon.
MP for Chislehurst, Bob Neill said: "It is deeply disturbing to see this level of violence so close to home.
"This incident highlights the need for a zero tolerance attitude to knife crime.
"The level of violence in our part of London in recent months is truly shocking and demands tough action against those who carry knives."
At the time of going to press, nobody from the Bird in Hand pub was available for comment.
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