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Man arrested after six stabbed to death in Jersey

Six people have died during a knife attack on the Channel Island of Jersey.



The last fatality was left critically ill following reports of a multiple stabbing at a flat in St Helier just after 3pm yesterday, and died last night in hospital.

The victims are two women, two men and two young children who are believed to be Jersey residents but whose identities have not been disclosed.

A 30-year-old man is under arrest at Jersey Hospital where he is recovering from surgery, police added.

Eyewitness Andre Thorpe said he arrived at the scene just after the stabbings.

He said: “For Jersey it was a major incident. Two ambulances turned up first because it was within a quarter of a mile of the ambulance station. Then four or five police vehicles came.

“They were trying to access a private house in the crescent. It was an old Victorian terrace, a lot of them are split into flats.

“I saw police come running out with a child, it was a small child, I just saw the legs. They went off in an ambulance. When the paramedic came back her shirt was covered in blood.

“We have quick response ambulance cars and two pulled up, grabbed a kit and ran inside.”

Mr Thorpe also said he saw police taking a dog round various driveways.

He added that the area where the incident happened was quite secluded and not on a main road.

He said: “You have to drive up a dead end to get in, you would not happen to be passing. I was in the area collecting a friend's car.

“I was first aware something was happening when I saw people looking out for the ambulances as I walked up the road.”

Mr Thorpe said he believed all the victims were members of the same family. A neighbour said she believed the family were Polish.

A major incident room has been set up at police headquarters in St Helier.

A number of witnesses have come forward and police are working to identify the victims.

Forensic officers were at the scene with uniformed officers and detectives.

Head of crime services Stewart Gull, who is leading the inquiry, said: “Clearly this complex investigation is in its very early stages as we try to establish exactly what happened. We are appealing to anyone who may have any information to contact us.

“We are mindful, too, of the impact of any such tragic incident on the local community.”

Factfile

Saint Helier is the capital and one of the 12 parishes of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands in the English Channel.

Despite being British, the island is geographically closer to France than England.

The urban area of the parish of St Helier makes up the largest town in Jersey and has a population of 28,000.

It was occupied by Germany during the war, the only part of Britain to be captured.

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