Elephant & Castle tube murder: Two men arrested in Belgium

Josh Salisbury (18 October, 2019)

Norman Bertran-Tavarez, 24, died of his wounds a day after the stabbing at the tube station on September 1

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Two men have been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of 24-year-old Norman Bertran-Tavarez at Elephant & Castle Tube station last month.

A 30-year-old man, from Barking, was arrested in Antwerp, Belgium on Tuesday, with a 22-year-old, also of Barking, was arrested in Antwerp the following day.

Both have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police launched their murder probe after Norman and another victim were found with stab wounds in a street close to the tube station on September 1.

Norman sadly died of his injuries the following day in hospital. Another man, aged 25, was seriously injured in the knife attack, but was later released from hospital.

“This is a pleasing development in our ongoing investigation into the tragic death of a man, and violent assault of another, in a London Underground station,” said Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn.

The arrests follow European Arrest Warrants being issued. They will both appear before court in Belgium and then be extradited back to the UK.

“Thanks to our colleagues in Belgium, we have now detained two men who will extradited to the United Kingdom,” added DCI Blackburn.

Two 20-year-old men, both from Southwark, who were arrested at the time on suspicion of violent disorder were both released without further action, said police.


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