A MAN has been left with “life-threatening injuries” after being slashed in the face in Home Office drama today.
The man, covered in blood, was seen being led from the Peel Building in Westminster, central London, by armed cops at lunchtime.
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Dramatic photos show the shirtless man, believed to be a member of staff at the Home Office, nursing his wounded head as blood dripped down his chest.
The suspected knife man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remains in custody.
One witness said on Twitter: “Lots of armed police and a cordon going up outside the Home Office.
“Gentleman with a bloodied face has been led out by paramedics.”
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Another said: “There’s been a stabbing outside home office. Heard a man in a suit has been slashed.
“Can see bloody tissue in the entrance hall and police everywhere. Been told not to leave the building.”
Initial reports have suggested the man was stabbed outside the building before running in for help.
Home Office workers are being held inside the building as armed cops stand guard outside.
A Met Police spokesperson confirmed they had been called to Marsham Street in Westminster just after 1pm “following a report of a man with a knife.”
They said: “Officers attended to find one man with knife injuries.
“The injuries are currently being treated as life threatening.
“One man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and taken to a police station.”
The Home Office has been contacted for comment.
It comes after London has been gripped by a terrifying spate of knife crime.
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As of August 13, there have been 86 violent deaths in the capital.
It comes as shocking figures revealed knife crime in England and Wales has soared to a record high, with 43,000 offences last year.