Liz Carr stabbing: dramatic moment police swoop after scissor attack on Silent Witness actress

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This is the dramatic moment police made an arrest after disabled Silent Witness actress Liz Carr was slashed in the face with scissors.

The wheelchair-bound TV star was slashed in the head before police swooped in and arrested the suspect following a foot pursuit through the streets near Euston station.

A witness today described terrifying scenes as a man attacked Ms Carr after storming out of a pub with scissors allegedly hidden up his sleeve.

The witness, who gave his name only as Cliff, said he was standing outside the Euston Tap pub with friends when he heard the sound of smashing glass before a man marched out of the pub, knocking over a customer’s pint on the way.

He said the man stormed across the road towards the wheelchair-bound TV star, near to Euston station.

The suspected attacker is arrested in the street near Euston, circled a pair of scissors on the ground

“I was outside the Euston Tap with some friends when we heard a disturbance come from in the pub,” Cliff told the Standard. 

“The guy stormed out. He bashed past a guy, knocking his pint out of his hand. When he crossed the road, we could see he was hiding scissors up his arm. 

“The barman ran out with the security guard and I think he was on the phone to the police. We pointed out to him that he had scissors concealed up his arm.

“The barman said he had swept all the glasses off the bar and then stormed out, but not hurt anyone.”

Recovering: Liz Carr says she will return to Silent Witness next week (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

The passer-by said he saw the man cross the road and hover around “in a kind of daze”. 

“We kept an eye on him, but he just looked lost and a not quite with it. 

“When he got to the corner of Gordon Street we saw what looked like a fight between the man and the lady in the wheelchair. 

A close up of scissors on the ground at the attack scene

“It was very fast, and he immediately left the scene and crossed the road to go down Melton Street.

“Myself and the barman ran up the road from the Euston Tap to make sure he didn’t get away, and to follow him while another person rang the police, and stayed in contact with us

“At this point the police descended. In a matter of seconds there were loads of officers, and they had the guy arrested. 

Police put a man in handcuffs after the shocking attack on Silent Witness actress Liz Carr

“The police really did a good job and seemed very in control of the situation. As he was being arrested someone came up saying the lady in the wheelchair seemed ok, and had been taken to hospital.”

Liz Carr, who portrays scientist Clarissa Mullery in the crime drama, was slashed in the head by the attacker during the horrific ordeal.

She was being pushed in her wheelchair by her PA and carer when the man, armed with two pairs of scissors, came charging towards her, a friend said earlier this week.

Ms Carr, who has the genetic condition arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and has used a wheelchair since the age of seven, is now recovering at home.

Her mother, Patricia Carr, today described how her daughter’s PA “saved” the actress by grappling with the man.

The TV star will return to filming Silent Witness next week, just a fortnight on from the attack, which happened at 8.21pm on Thursday, August 10.

Police said they arrested a man in his twenties who has now been detained under the Mental Health Act.

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