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Two arrested in connection with Surrey train stabbing

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Two people have been arrested after a man was stabbed to death on a train in front of his 14-year-old son.

Officers attended an address in the Farnham area at around 6am where the man was detained on suspicion of murder.

A 27-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

DCI Sam Blackburn from British Transport Police said: “This is a fast moving investigation and I am pleased that overnight we were able to arrest a man following a huge amount of police enquiries.

“The investigation is moving with good progress and we are now confident to say that this is not believed to be a random assault. In the moments leading to the violent killing, both men appeared to be involved in an altercation lasting three minutes.

“Nothing justified the extraordinary violence that followed, and we are concentrating our efforts on the on-going investigation.”

The attack happened on the 12.58pm service travelling between Guildford and London Waterloo stations on Friday.

The victim, 51, is said to have suffered “multiple stab wounds” and was pronounced dead in the carriage.

His family, including his teenage son who was nearby at the time of the attack, are being supported by specifically trained family liaison officers.

A post mortem examination is scheduled for early next week.

DCI Blackburn added: “We are continuing our appeal for information and I would urge anyone who was on board the train to contact us as soon as possible.”

Superintendent Paul Langley said the attack would have been a “horrific and hugely traumatic event to have witnessed”.

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