Arsenal fan ‘senselessly’ knifed by thugs for ‘giving them weird stare’

An Arsenal fan stabbed to death by a thug on his way to a match was accused of “staring at him weirdly” on a tube platform, a friend said.

Tashan Daniel, 20, was getting the tube to the Emirates stadium to watch the game between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest when he was knifed on the underground at Hillingdon station on Tuesday.

“I’d heard someone on the opposite platform said he was staring at him weirdly,” a friend of Tashan said.

He added that his tragic pal was “the softest guy”.

A terrified passenger described the bloodbath at the station.

Charlie Moore said he saw a body while the train and platform were covered in blood.

"I was on the train, it was actually terrifying," he said.

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"All I could see was one body as I walked up Hillingdon stairs and lots of blood along the train and platform."

Paramedics battled to save Tashan alongside police officers and members of the public.

He was pronounced dead in the train carriage in west London.

British Trasnport Police detectives say that they have conducted enquiries into the crime overnight, but there have been no arrests.

Police believe that Tashan and a pal were waiting for a London-bound Piccadilly Line train as they were heading to the match when two other men entered the station.

The two suspects then provoked a fight with Tashan and his pal before one of them pulled out a knife and stabbed him.

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Police say the two suspects fled the station in the direction of Auriol Drive. A knife was recovered nearby.

Senior investigating officer DCI Sam Blackburn said: "Tashan was an upstanding young man.

"He had only just celebrated his 20th birthday and was heading into London to watch Arsenal play.

"He did not deserve to lose his life during this senseless attack."

He added: "His family are completely broken by this news and we are doing everything we can to offer them support.

"Over the coming days we will have extra officers on patrol in the Hillingdon area, and detectives are in the local area today, speaking with residents.

"I am also appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.”

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