Man stabbed to death during post-Christmas rush in London

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, December 26, 2011 12:13 EDT
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A man was stabbed to death on London’s Oxford Street on Monday as bargain hunters crowded into the post-Christmas sales on one of Britain’s busiest shopping thoroughfares, police said.

Police made a number arrests after the man, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, was killed near Bond Street underground station.

A helicopter ambulance was sent to the incident but the man was pronounced dead at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said.

Tens of thousands of people defied a strike by London Underground train drivers to flock to the Boxing Day sales in the capital, with the department stores on Oxford Street a major attraction for many.

Scotland Yard said: “Police were called at approx 1345hrs on Monday, 26 December to reports of a male stabbed in Oxford Street, nr the junction with Stratford Place, W1.

“The male, believed late teens/early 20s, has been pronounced dead at the scene. A number of arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.”

The Yard said Oxford Street had been closed around the scene of the killing.

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