London Disney Store forced to close after stabbing in Oxford Street

An 18-year-old man has been stabbed to death in London, on one of the UK’s busiest shopping streets.  The man died outside the Foot Locker sports shop on Oxford Street, near the junction with Stratford Place.

The area around the sports shop where the death happened was sealed off and several shops in the near by area were forced to shut early because they were inside the police cordon.  An employee at the nearby Disney Store said the company’s outlet had been “quite badly affected” and was “unlikely to open again today”.

The incident happened as tens of thousands of people hunted for bargains on the shopping street, during what was a busy day for Boxing Day sales across the UK.

Police said there had been a second stabbing on Oxford Street in the evening, but said it was too early to confirm whether or not the two incidents were connected.

Det Ch Insp Dunne, of the Metropolitan Police’s homicide command, told journalists there was no suggestion the earlier, fatal incident was gang related, but he was “not going to discount it”.

He said it was still not clear whether the incident had happened inside or just outside the Foot Locker store.

Police were still trying to work out exactly what had happened, he said.

“This is probably the busiest place in the UK right now, on the busiest shopping day, so it’s been difficult for us to piece together what has happened.”  He urged witnesses to come forward.

Police said the second stabbing on Monday took place close to the junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street.

They said a man, thought to be in his 20s, had been stabbed at 18:20. He had stab wounds in the legs and was taken to hospital. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening.