Two stabbed after kitchen staff row at Sony’s London HQ

Two people were stabbed after an argument broke out between kitchen staff at Sony Music’s London headquarters.

Firearms officers descended on the building in Kensington, central London, at about 11am on Friday and one man was arrested.

Neither of those stabbed are believed to be in a life-threatening condition, while Scotland Yard confirmed the incident is not being treated as “terror related”.

People watch as armed police officers run to the scene of an incident  in central London
People watch as armed police officers run to the scene of an incident in central London

Sony Music said in a statement that the building was evacuated after “two members of the catering team were involved in a violent altercation” at the Derry Street office.

Staff at the record company described the chaos that ensued.

“We just heard screaming and running and people slamming doors,” said one employee who did not want to be named.

The kitchen workers were “running around chasing each other” and “slashing each other up”, he added.

Footage filmed from an office opposite showed a number of armed police entering the building through the front door.

Trish Ellis, a personal assistant at the Mail on Sunday who witnessed the incident, said: “It started opposite our building in Derry Street, usual sirens and racket but then we heard shouting, and more and more sirens.

Security and police officers at the scene of an incident in central London
Security and police officers at the scene of an incident in central London

“A few people came out, then armed police were going in six-plus at a time, and more and more of them, but they seemed to be keeping people in the building.

“Gradually they started to release people in tens, twenties, and a stretcher turned up with all the medical kit on it, but just stayed outside.”

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said one patient was taken to hospital, the other to a “major trauma centre”.

Scotland Yard said: “Officers, including firearms officers, and London Ambulance Service are in attendance.

“Evacuations have taken place as a precaution. One person has been arrested.”