A 25-year-old man from Ilford has been charged by police in connection with the stabbing of two people during an Indian Independence Day street event in The Broadway, Southall on Tuesday (15 August 2023) night.
Gurpreet Singh,of Belmont Road, Ilford, appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on 17 August 2023, charged with the following offences:
- One count of attempted GBH with intent
- Two counts of GBH with intent
- One count of affray
- One count of threats with a bladed article
- Two counts of possession of a bladed article
He was remanded in custody to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on 14 September 2023.
At around 10:00pm on 15 August 2023, officers were policing an Indian Independence Day street event in The Broadway, Southall, when a member of the public informed them something had happened.
They found two men, in their 30s, with knife injuries. They were taken to hospital where their injuries were assessed as not life threatening and have since been discharged.
Two men were arrested at the scene. Singh has since been charged with the offences while another man in his 20s has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
A female officer involved in detaining one of those arrested, sustained a small cut to her hand. She did not need hospital treatment.
Superintendent Sean Lynch, responsible for neighbourhood policing in Ealing, said: “I recognise the enormous concern this incident will have caused, both in Southall and in the Sikh communities around London and further afield, in what was an otherwise largely peaceful and celebratory event.”
He added: “We are aware of footage circulating on social media, with people also commenting on what they think happened. We would urge people to avoid echoing or adding to speculation. Fortunately, none of those injured were seriously hurt and there were no fatalities.”