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Stabbing in High Street Kensington sees streets on lockdown

Stabbing in High Street Kensington sees streets on lockdown

Sony Music's offices are in upmarket Kensington, west London, which is the home to several worldwide embassies and a royal residence, Kensington Palace, meaning there is routinely a visible police presence in the area. One person was arrested and armed police remain at the scene.

An unnamed Sony employee was quoted by the Press Association news agency as saying that the kitchen staff, employed by a catering company, were "running round chasing each other" and "slashing each other up".

Video footage from the scene shows the armed response.

Firearms officers descended on Derry Street in central London at about 11am on Friday and were seen outside a building that houses Sony's London headquarters.

Scotland Yard said the incident is not terror-related.

"Gradually they started to release people in tens, twenties, [and] a stretcher turned up with all the medical kit on it, but just stayed outside".

'Most were running, all towards Kensington Square Garden.

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The victim's next of kin have been informed, and anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

The Met police added: "No evidence of any firearms involved in this incident".

London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement that evacuations took place "as a precaution".

'Two people have suffered stab injuries - their conditions are not life-threatening or life-changing.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: 'We were called at 11:01 today to Derry Street, W8, to reports of an incident.

"We treated two people at the scene".