Panic at the Park: Thorpe Park Stabbing

As lockdown eases and life begins to slowly adjusts to the new normal, knife crime rates have been rising across the UK. As people return to crowding at theme parks and eagerly waiting for a chance at riding their favourite rollercoaster, Craig Harakh had other plans.

 

Chaos at Thorpe Park

Police swarmed Thorpe Park on Sunday the 19th of July and essentially placed the park ‘on lockdown’ as emergency services scrambled to the park following reports of a knife crime. Initially, two young men – both aged in their twenties – were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was seriously injured in a stabbing incident at the park. Visitors of Thorpe Park have since shown photos of the famous theme park with police swarming a footbridge at the theme park and blocking visitors from crossing it.

Detective Inspector Andy Greaves, of Surrey Police, has appealed to the public stating that he was ‘keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who has video footage of this assault’. The detective inspector was also keen to address that the stabbing incident was not being treated as terrorism-related at the current time. Greaves thanked Thorpe Park for their cooperation and assistance with the investigation into the knife crime.

 

Man Charged for Knife Crime

Craig Harakh was charged in relation to the Thorpe Park stabbing incident and has since made his first court appearance. He appeared at Staines Magistrates’ Court via video link on Wednesday, the 22nd of July. Harakh has been charged with the possession of an offensive weapon, which he used to commit the knife crime, and Section 18 causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Harakh was not granted bail and will remain in custody until his upcoming court appearance at Kingston Crown Court on the 13th of August. The victim, only 26 years old, suffered a serious slash wound to his stomach. He has since been discharged from hospital and is recovering from this knife crime from his home.