Three suspects involved in Wimbledon stabbing of TV host fled country via Heathrow Airport

By Staff

Three suspects believed to be involved in a stabbing of a TV host in Wimbledon have fled the UK, according to the Met Police. On Friday, March 29, Iranian TV host Pouria Zeraati was attacked and sustained an injury to his leg and has since been discharged from hospital.

Zeraati, 36, who is based in London, was approached by two men outside his home and attacked before the suspects entered a car driven by a third man and fled the scene. The three men then dumped the car in the New Malden area shortly after the attack.

The suspects then travelled directly to Heathrow Airport and left the UK within a few hours of the attack according to the team investigating the attack.

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The incident is being investigated by specialist officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command as the Zeraati is a journalist at Iran International, a popular news channel in Iran. The outlet has a broadcasting studio in London and previous threats had been made to the group of journalists working for them.

Commander Dominic Murphy, Head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command: “As a result of a very comprehensive investigation, at pace, we have identified three suspects who we believe, left the UK within hours of the attack.

“Detectives trawled CCTV and made extensive enquiries resulting in the identification and recovery of a vehicle used by the suspects to leave the scene.

“We have established that after abandoning the vehicle, the suspects travelled to Heathrow Airport and have left the UK. We are now working with international partners to establish further details.

The Met have asked for anyone with information about the incident to speak with officers and call the police on 0800 789 321.

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