Suspect, 25, is charged over Bishopsgate attempted robbery and knife attack after passers-by bravely confronted ‘phone muggers’ leaving three with stab wounds

  • Louis Parkinson, 25, has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a Class B drug
  • Three people were left with stab wounds and a mass emergency sparked in Bishopsgate last Thursday
  • Brave passers-by intervened when thieves allegedly tried to steal a City worker’s mobile phone

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A 25-year-old man has been charged after three people were hospitalised in an attempted robbery and knife attack in Bishopsgate last week.

Louis Parkinson, of Catherall Street, Highbury, north London, has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a Class B drug. 

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

City of London Police added that detectives are hunting for a second suspect and that their investigation continue.

Brave passers-by intervened when thieves allegedly trying to steal a City worker’s mobile phone struck in the busy central London area last Thursday morning.

Ambulance crews could be seen treating two people who were injured in the botched robbery attempt last Thursday

Three people were treated for stab wounds but none suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the incident, which sparked a mass emergency response just yards away from Liverpool Street Station last Thursday morning

Three people were treated for stab wounds but none suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the incident, which sparked a mass emergency response just yards away from Liverpool Street Station last Thursday morning 

Three ‘have-a-go’ heroes were treated for stab wounds but none suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the incident, which sparked a mass emergency response just yards away from Liverpool Street Station.

Witnesses reported seeing a group of two or three masked knifemen attacking a pedestrian at around 9.45am.

The City of London police said at the time: ‘We are aware of an incident this morning on Bishopsgate. 

‘Our officers are at the scene and London Ambulance are in attendance. A cordon is currently in place.’

They later added: ‘We received reports of three stabbings and a person pushed to the floor on Bishopsgate at 9.46am and officers arrived at the scene at 9.51am. 

‘Three victims were taken by London Ambulance Service to a nearby hospital to be treated; they do not have life-threatening injuries.

Brave passers-by intervened when thieves allegedly trying to steal a City worker's mobile phone struck in the busy central London area last Thursday morning

Brave passers-by intervened when thieves allegedly trying to steal a City worker’s mobile phone struck in the busy central London area last Thursday morning 

Blood was seen on the pavement on Bishopsgate after a vicious attack on the streets of London last Thursday

Blood was seen on the pavement on Bishopsgate after a vicious attack on the streets of London last Thursday

‘Two suspects are being sought as part of the ongoing investigation related to an attempted phone theft and the incident is not being treated as terror-related.

‘Stopping phone thefts and bringing perpetrators to justice is a priority for City of London Police.

‘The number of phone snatches is down, due to focused effort including working with colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service last week to make several arrests.’ 

The number of mobile phone thefts has risen by almost 62 per cent in the last 12 months, according to data from the Metropolitan Police.

There have been more than 9,000 phone robberies reported to police in London in the last 12 months. This is on top of 37,150 thefts.

This data does not include the City of London.

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