Horrified train stabbing witness says ‘carriage was covered in blood’
5th January 2019

Passengers on the train where a man was stabbed to death have spoken of their horror at seeing ‘blood everywhere’ after the knife attack.

One woman on the South Western Railway train said that punches were thrown and the victim, believed to be in his 50s, was then knifed in the neck in front of terrified passengers.

The witness on the Guildford to London train, who did not wish to be named, said: "There was a lot of blood everywhere in the carriage. I don’t think the poor chap stood a chance.

"The police who were here first started to give him CPR but it was apparently too late to save him and he died while the train was in the station."

An eyewitness has told the BBC that there was a "vicious fight" on the London-bound service.

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Another witness said: "I was on this train, how those guards and especially that train driver went into action was nothing short of incredible. Not sure if it’s appropriate to say thank you, but I do hope everyone is ok after today’s event."

The train is currently being held at Horsley railway station, in the village of East Horsley, and emergency services remain at the scene.

The killer is on the run and a major manhunt is underway to apprehend him.

A BTP spokesman confirmed they were called at 1.15pm to reports of a stabbing and attended with colleagues from Surrey Police and the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

They said: "The victim suffered a fatal stab wound and despite the best efforts of officers and paramedics, he sadly died at the scene.

"A number of officers are now in the Clandon area, attempting to identify and trace the man responsible for this assault. No arrests have been made at present."

Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson from British Transport Police, said: “This was a shocking and violent attack which took place on-board a train in broad daylight.

"Officers from BTP are with the family and have deployed a specially trained family liaison officer to support them through this difficult time.

“We know that this was an incredibly frightening incident for passengers travelling on the train.

"We believe that the suspect and victim boarded the train at London Road at 1.01pm and we would encourage who was on this train to come forward regardless of whether or not they think they can help our investigation.

"We believe the suspect departed the train at Clandon station.

“Passengers and members of the public can expect to see an increased presence by BTP and Surrey Police officers at Horsley and Clandon as our enquiries continue.

“We would advise anyone in the local area who sees anyone they think maybe the suspect to contact 999 immediately.”

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