UK police arrest suspect in fatal train stabbing

A police officer aboard a train at Horsley station

A police officer aboard a train at Horsley station

Desperate attempts to save the victim were made when the train stopped at the following station, Horsley, before he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A huge manhunt remains in progress as officers hunt for the suspected murderer, who is reported to have stabbed the father during what has been described as a "vicious fight" aboard the 12.58pm service travelling from Guildford to Waterloo.

It is believed the man and his killer boarded the train at London Road, east of Guildford and the killer got off at Clandon.

After stabbing the man the suspect departed the train at Clandon station before heading towards a nearby housing estate.

The 59-year-old, who has lived in the area for 11 years, said she believes she saw a man matching the description of the suspect on Thursday morning standing in the nearby Farnham Hospital vehicle park using a mobile phone.

"We believe that the suspect and victim boarded the train at London Road at 1.01pm and we would encourage whoever was on this train to come forward regardless of whether or not they think they can help our investigation".

"This is, as far as we can see at this moment in time, an incident that has occurred when two men have been talking to one another, opposed to a random attack on a train".

Last night trains to Guildford and Effingham Junction were subject to delays, cancellations and diversions via Woking while Horsley station remained cordoned off. We are working close with Surrey Police and the National Police Air Service who are helping us to locate him. "How those guards and especially that train driver went into action was nothing short of incredible", she wrote.

Police said on Saturday that investigators were now confident the incident "was not a random assault".

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A little later he saw police helicopters circling the area and "a police van with high-powered lights" as conditions darkened.

"It comes as a big surprise as Clandon is a quiet area that you wouldn't associate with crime like this", he said.

"Not sure if it's appropriate to say thank you, but I do hope everyone is OK after today's events".

Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling took to social media and urged witnesses to contact the authorities.

Anyone with information or who was on board the train is asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 210 of 04/01/2019.

The incident has caused seven hours of disruption on the South Western Rail-operated line, though all service has since been resumed.

"Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised".

Services are not stopping at Clandon or Horsley in the Guildford direction.

"Until the police have carried out their investigations the line between Guildford towards Effingham Junction is now blocked".

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