A 24-YEAR-OLD man is fighting for his life after being attacked in front of terrified children aged “five or six” by a gang armed with baseball bats and knives.
The victim was set upon in the Walworth park in South East London at around 5.20pm on Friday before he was reportedly chased and collapsed in the middle of the street.
He was rushed to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.
A witness said that two children, aged about five or six, had been telling police what had happened at Nursery Row Park, and explained how a gang had run up to the victim and then stabbed him.
The woman, who works at a local tailoring business, said: “I saw someone lying on the floor so I called my elder sister who is a nurse to go and help resuscitate him.
“There was a lady trying to put the young man in the recovery position but they weren’t letting anyone else come near him.”
And she said the children were “really distressed”.
She continued: “We are just praying that the young people will come to their senses and realise they can have a proper life – go to uni and find a proper job and be good citizens”.
Her sister added: “We know he was stabbed in the park and then they chased him because there was a trail of blood coming from the park.”
Another local said she saw paramedics trying to help the man, saying: “There were lots of children playing in the park.”
Met Police have now launched an investigation into the terrifying attack that unfolded about 5.22pm.
DS Rob Merrett of Central South CID said: “I believe the victim was attacked by a group of up to six males armed with baseball bats and knives.
“An investigation is underway, including forensic analysis of the scene and of all available CCTV footage, in addition to house-to-house and other local enquiries.”
Police had been called to reports the man had been stabbed in Nursey Row Park before he was found in East Street.
Detectives have urged any witnesses to come forward.
A Section 60 order was authorised for the Walworth area following the incident and additional patrols have been put in place.
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation should call 101; reference 5940/21aug.