London Overground
A man was stabbed on a busy London Overground platform Getty

A man was stabbed in front of shocked onlookers on a busy London Overground in Islington on Thursday afternoon (25 August). Emergency services were called to Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station in north London at approximately 2.45pm after passengers called police.

The London Ambulance Service sent three vehicles to the scene and an air ambulance was also scrambled.

Simon Johnson told the Evening Standard: "At first I thought it could have been an accident in the building site at 351 Caledonian Road as I saw an air ambulance land on the site. As I headed out to pick up a bike to cycle I was that Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station was taped off. There was one ambulance, maybe eight to 10 police vehicles and motorbikes."

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We sent an ambulance crew, a single responder in a car and an incident response officer to the scene alongside London's Air Ambulance. The first of our medics arrived at the scene in under four minutes. We treated a patient at the scene and took them as a priority to a hospital in east London."

There were a total of 8,078 violent crimes committed against people in Islington last year, an increase of almost 1,000 (13%) on the previous 12 months. Police in the borough earlier found an enormous hunting knife stashed in a bush and warned residents to be vigilant: