Birthday party guests sat on a suspected attacker until police arrived following the fatal stabbing of a 29-year-old man in north London, a witness has claimed.
The clubhouse manager for Old Edmontonians FC, said the drama unfolded shortly after 8pm on Saturday during a 30th birthday party at the club in Houndsfield Road, Edmonton.
The 60-year-old, who asked not to be named, said a man came running over towards the guests from a nearby playing field and “called for help” before collapsing on the ground.
The clubhouse manager said: “When I came to the door (of the club house) there was just a group of people around him (the victim).
“The woman from the bouncy castle was giving him chest compressions.
“The victim must have come over to us because he saw safety in numbers. He was on the floor then I saw him.”
The clubhouse manager said a second man who was not from the party appeared further away from the club house on the football pitch.
“He was waving his arms. He was goading them so they (the guests) started getting closer and closer to him.
“He didn’t run, he just stood still. They somehow got him on the floor and sat on him until police came.”
He said the clubhouse had been booked by a group from Romford for a “corporate birthday party”, adding about 70 people attended, including some children.
The clubhouse manager said the suspected attacker was restrained by about “five or six” adults from the party.
Guests were eating when the victim ran over seeking help, he said.
The clubhouse manager said the attack did not happen on the club’s ground, adding the two men appeared to come from nearby playing field.
He said: “I was shocked by it. You read about these things but you don’t expect it to be happening right in front of you.”
One of the owners of the inflatable hire firm, Jumpin Jacks Bouncy Castle and Softplay Hire, said she had two members of staff at the party during the incident.
The owner, who did not want to be named, said: “It is just awful. People who live in the this borough are probably getting used to it a bit more, but it is completely unusual for us. Not at a bouncy castle party.”
She said she did not want to go into further detail about the incident as it was still “raw”.
A former clergyman, 72, who lives nearby, said he saw around 10 police officers lead a man away from the scene following the incident.
He said: “You could hear him shouting and hissing. He was screaming in an unknown tongue.”
The witness, who did not want to be named, said officers put the man in the back of a police van which “had a cell in it”.
He said one of the guests at the party had told him that someone “had been stabbed with a machete”.
The Metropolitan Police said they were called to the incident at 8.10pm and found a man with stab wounds on Houndsfield Road.
The victim died at the scene shortly after 9pm.
A 40-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident, Scotland Yard said.
A police cordon remains around the clubhouse and football pitch, with officers still on the scene.