Leytonstone Tube stabbings

07 December 2015

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has called for calm after the knife attack at Leytonstone Underground station in east London on Saturday. One man was left with serious stab wounds and another person was injured in the incident.

Mick said: ‘The safety of the staff who work on London Underground, and of the passengers who use the Tube,is paramount. People need to know they can go to a station and get on a Tube train without being stabbed.

‘But we need a proportionate and sensible response. Because although this was at first described as a“terror attack” it now appears to be the work of someone, operating alone, who may well have mental health issues.

‘At a time like this we need to be vigilant, on all forms of public transport, and we need to stand together, as one community, so we can continue to work and travel safely on the network.’

Mick was speaking after a man appeared at Westminster magistrates’ court charged with attempted murder.

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