Bishopsgate: Three hurt in City of London phone-snatch stabbings

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The BBC has been told that the victim of the "phone snatching" was injured after fighting with other members of the public who stepped in to help.

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An eyewitness said he saw "two or three teenagers" on a bicycle looking at a middle-aged man before they caught him wearing a knife mask.

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The witness, who did not wish to be named, said passersby had joined and a man jumped off the moped and intervened during the attack.

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on Thursday morning, saying that both the moped rider and the middle-aged man were stabbed. Police confirmed that the case was being treated as a suspected robbery and a search was on for two suspects.

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Paramedics treated four patients at the scene, three of whom were taken to hospital, the London Ambulance Service (LAS) said. His injuries are said to be non-life-threatening.

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A cordon about 50 metres (160 ft) long, at 22 Bishopgate, is placed outside the location, and is being guarded by police officers.

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Inside the police tape, medical kits and clothes could first be seen spread out in small piles on the ground, and blood was visible on the pavement.

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The witness said he had seen a teenager "catching up" the victim. "The next thing I saw, was this teenager catching this guy, this middle-aged man. Things grew so fast," he said.

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