Detectives in Lambeth Borough have released CCTV footage of three men they would like to speak to in connection with an assault in Brixton.
On Monday, 2 January, police were called shortly before 17:30hrs to an assault in Dallas Chicken on Brixton Road. An 18-year-old man was stabbed six times; four times to the leg, once to the abdomen and once to the arm.
As the victim was inside the restaurant with two other teenagers, three suspects walked into the shop armed with knives and a belt each. As one of the suspects hit a teenager in the face with a belt, the victim was stabbed several times by one of the suspects. When he fell to the floor, one of the suspects stabbed him again before kicking him in the head.
Witnesses said there were a further three suspects on bicycles outside the shop at the time of the assault. All of the suspects left together as a group as they made their way northbound along Brixton Road.
The victim was taken to a south London hospital. Following an operation to his abdomen he was later discharged. He will require further surgery to his arm.
Four of the suspects are described as:
Suspect 1 is described as a black man, aged in his early 20s, of medium build. He was wearing a black puffa-style jacket, blue jeans, a white belt, a black face covering and black shoes with white laces.
Suspect 2 is described as a black man, aged in his early 20s. He was wearing a black jacket, dark trousers, a black face covering and black shoes. He was seen carrying two knives.
Suspect 3 is described as a slim black man, aged in his early 20s. He was wearing a black jacket, dark trousers, black gloves, a black face covering and black shoes. He was seen to carry a knife.
Suspect 4 is described as a slim black man, aged in his early 20s. He was wearing a black jacket, dark trousers, black gloves, a black face covering and black shoes.
Detective Constable Remy Smith, from Lambeth CID, said: "This is a shocking and brutal assault that has left the victim very distressed from his ordeal. We are keen to identify the men in the CCTV footage so we can speak to them about the incident. We would also urge anyone who witnessed the incident to contact us."
Anyone with information or any witnesses are urged to call police via 101 or on Twitter via @Metcc or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
One man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife. Enquiries continue.