Police confirmed that one man had been arrested in connection with the incident. Emergency services arrived outside the station as horrified commuters fled from the scene of the attack. Victims were treated in the nearby Stratford train station. Video footage shows screens being put up around one of the victims as they are given by medical assistance by paramedics.
Eyewitnesses posted footage and pictures of the scene on Twitter. Witness Zak Abdi who recorded footage at the scene asid he had been shopping with friends and was about leaving when the incident took place.
He told Mirror Online:
“I was about to leave the station and a few guys were scattering, and there were guys on the floor in agony, with their friends all around them. The police locked off the whole area, it was just hectic. The police did what they can. It happened right outside Stratford, not far from the Westfield. I saw a group of guys running. Police couldn’t stop them. It hit a group of men who looked like they were en route to a club. It didn’t hit just one person, it hit a crowd of people. One guy had been hit in the face, he kept shouting ‘I can’t see, I can’t see, I can’t see’. I think he has lost his vision. He kept shouting, it was a scary moment for everyone. Everyone was just jumping out of the way, trying to escape the whole thing. I feel traumatised, it could have been me if I’d been two minutes later.”
In a statement, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said:
“Police were called just before 8pm on Saturday, 23 September to the area around Stratford Shopping Centre to reports of a group of males spraying what is believed to be a noxious substance. London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade have attended. A number of people have been reported injured at different locations – believed to be six people. We await further details. One male has been arrested on suspicion of GBH. Officers remain on scene. A cordon is in place. Enquiries continue.”