A man is fighting for his life in hospital after being stabbed at a popular casino in Leicester Square.
The victim, believed to be in his 40s, was found injured in the busy square in the heart of London’s West End at about 5pm on Monday.
He was stabbed inside the Empire Casino and a weapon has been recovered, police said.
A casino employee told the Standard that the venue, normally open round the clock, remained closed overnight while officers continued to investigate the stabbing.
Tourists and shoppers were left shocked as police vehicles and ambulances swarmed Leicester Square, while an Air Ambulance landed in nearby Trafalgar Square.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman earlier said: “Police were called at 16:50hrs on Monday, 16 July to reports of a stabbing in Leicester Square.