London stabbing – A man is fighting for his life after a pub brawl near the British Museum
Eyewitnesses said a man and woman were stabbed in a brawl outside the Old Crown pub.
The group, all believed to be French, continued shouting at each other as one of them was stretchered away, following the stabbing in a pub this morning.
One man is now fighting for his life in hospital and a napkin that was used to try and stem the flow of blood was left on the pavement, with more blood splattered beside it.
The fight broke out at around 11.30am inside the Old Crown, just 100 yards from the British Museum, the two men had a brawl, leaving smashed glass and blood scattered across the pub floor.
There was blood everywhere, there was blood dripping from the man's arm as he was being taken away on a stretcher
Photos from the scene show a blood-splattered towel left on the floor alongside a coat and paramedic gloves covered in blood.
A local corner shop owner said: "There was blood everywhere, there was blood dripping from the man's arm as he was being taken away on a stretcher."
Aaron Prasad, 32, a local shopworker said: "They were all French, the main victim didn't have a top on and they were carrying him in a stretcher to the ambulance where they worked on him for over an hour.
Police cordoned off the area around the Old Crown pub
"Another guy, who I think stabbed him, was leaning against the wall with a bandage on his wrist.
"He was screaming and shouting at the guy in French.The woman had an injury on her leg.
"She was in a dress and covering herself with a big brown scarf."
An eyewitness who asked not to be named said: "They were punching and fighting each other inside the pub before the guy was stabbed."
A blood-splattered napkin was left on the ground following the stabbing
Police say a man and woman were stabbed in the brawl
Geraldine Beskin, a local bookshop owner said: "The man on the stretcher was ranting and raving, apparently one of them had drugs and the other guy had told him to stop and a fight broke out."
Police, who confirmed the attack was not terror related, have since arrested a man on suspicion of GBH.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Officers attended and found a man and woman with stab wounds after police were called at 11:26hrs on Friday, 21 April to reports of an assault in New Oxford Street, WC1.
"The man has been taken a central London hospital with possible life-threatening injuries.
"The woman has also been taken to a central London hospital with minor injuries.
"Officers arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. He has been taken to a north London hospital with minor injuries.
"A crime scene is in place and there are road closures.Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
"This is not being treated as a terrorist incident.