South London man charged with Thorpe Park stabbing

A man from south London has been charged over a violent knife attack in the grounds of one of England’s most popular theme parks, Thorpe Park in Surrey.

A 26-year-old victim suffered a serious slash wound to his stomach in an altercation on the bridge close to the exit of the theme park around 4.55pm on July 18.

Surrey Police said that today, July 21, Craig Harakh, 26, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

Harakh, of Jeffreys Road in Lambeth, south London, is currently in custody and is due to appear at Staines Magistrates’ Court via videolink on Wednesday.

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The victim has since been discharged from hospital and is being treated at home, the force said.

Three people were arrested following the incident, which occured on Staines Road close to the town of Chertsey in Surrey where the park is based.

Park-goers were placed in lockdown after the incident, with images on social media showing crowds bunched together inside.

Security teams carry out bag searches and regularly patrol the premises and the operators said they were investigating how a weapon had been brought in.

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In a statement issued last Saturday, Thorpe Park said its on-site medical staff provided emergency first aid and said it was helping police with its inquiries.

The statement said: “The health, safety and security of our guests is our primary objective. We have an excellent security track record and have never had any incidents of this kind in over 40 years.”

Thorpe Park reopened earlier this month on July 4 after being shut due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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