Hotel staff ‘in complete shock’ after man stabbed to death

Staff at a luxury hotel in central London were left in “complete shock” when a man who had been fatally stabbed collapsed in the lobby, according to a director.

Eleven people are being held on suspicion of murder in connection with the attack, the Metropolitan Police said.

The victim died at the scene in Euston Street, Camden, on Monday night after coming in from the street.

Reverend Stuart Burgess, chairman of directors at The Wesley, described the victim as a “young person”.

He said: “It was a complete shock to the staff late last night, but they responded incredibly well and I want to pay tribute to them.

“They realised that the person was beyond their help and they immediately called 999.

“Many of them are pretty amazed and shocked by the experience. Obviously we are not used to this happening.”

The “four or five” staff working near the lobby at the time are “trying to come to terms with it”, he added.

A police cordon in Euston Street
A police cordon in Euston Street (Tom Horton/PA)

Ayesha Begum, 38, who lives close to where the man was found, said she came out of her home after hearing a commotion.

“Police were following a trail of blood,” she said.

A guest at the hotel said he heard things “kicking off” as he tried to get to sleep.

Laura Collings, 34, another guest who was on a business trip from Manchester, said she returned to the hotel shortly after the man’s body had been taken away.

There were “quite a few people walking around looking upset” who seemed like “they might have been associated in some way” with the victim, she said.

Police were called to the scene at about 10.45pm, and the man was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later.

An investigation has been launched following a fatal stabbing in #Camden. A male, who has not yet been identified, was found with stab injuries after he collapsed in a hotel in Euston Street, NW1. 11 arrests have been made. https://t.co/B9A2m27nSQ

— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) February 19, 2019

Scotland Yard said inquiries were taking place to identify him and inform his next of kin. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

The suspects were taken into custody at separate London police stations, the Met said.

Officers remain at the scene, a short walk from Euston and King’s Cross stations, and cordons are in place.

Any witnesses or anyone with information about the incident is urged to call police on 101 quoting CAD 7945/18 Feb or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.