There will be an increased number of officers on patrol in Walthamstow after three men were found stabbed, police have said.

Officers were called at 6.01pm on February 22 after a man, aged in his 30s, was found stabbed in Brandon Road. He was taken to hospital, where he remains in a life-threatening condition. 

Two 18-year-olds were also found nearby with stab injuries and taken to hospital. Their conditions were deemed not life-threatening and they were later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. 

Ch Supt Simon Crick, responsible for local policing in north-east London, said: “I recognise the significant concern this incident has caused, particularly following a number of similar incidents over recent days, and we are taking significant steps to increase our local policing presence in the area.

“Local officers, who know the community, will be on patrol in the area. These are your officers, please speak to them about any concerns you have. Our detectives are also supporting the family of the man who remains seriously ill in hospital."

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Another man, in his early 20s, was found stabbed earlier in the afternoon on the same day in Queensland Close. When asked whether all four stabbings were connected, a police spokesperson said enquiries remain ongoing. 

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation into last night's stabbing is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 5668/22Feb.  

You can also provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.