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UK police urged not to charge knife murder 'hero'

2022-01-28 HKT 02:27
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  • The car driver who rammed a knife attacker has been released on bail by the Metropolitan Police. Photo: AFP
    The car driver who rammed a knife attacker has been released on bail by the Metropolitan Police. Photo: AFP
Thousands of people on Thursday urged London police not to charge a car driver with murder, after he was arrested for allegedly knocking down a knife attacker.

The 26-year-old was detained on Monday in Maida Vale, northwest London, after a man stabbed his ex-wife in broad daylight on a busy street.

Shocked bystanders had tried unsuccessfully to stop Leon McCaskre from attacking Yasmin Chkaifi until he was struck by a car. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

McCaskre, 41, had reportedly repeatedly harassed Chkaifi since their divorce.

An online petition was set up shortly after the car driver's arrest, calling him "a hero" and saying he "shouldn't be charged with murder".

It had more than 25,000 supporters by Thursday morning.

Cindy Chan, who launched the change.org petition, wrote: "I've never tried starting a petition but I am compelled to for the 26-year-old driver who saw this happening and tried to do something about it by driving his car into this horrific act to stop it.

"He is a hero... He does not deserve a prison sentence. He acted to stop this horror," she added.

Police said the driver was "fully cooperative with the investigation". He has been bailed to return to a police station in late February pending further investigation. (AFP)