An 11-year-old girl is in a critical condition after a knife attack on her family at their house in north London.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack, in which a woman in her thirties and three girls all aged under 12 were stabbed.
Police were called shortly after noon on Saturday to an address on Livingstone Road in Enfield.
The four victims were taken to hospital and following intensive treatment the woman and two of the children are now in a non-life threatening condition.
An 11-year-old girl remains in a critical condition.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “Officers are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.
“The attacker was known to the victims. There is no further risk to the public at this time.”
One neighbour who asked not to be named said: “I heard screaming and then I saw a woman lying down on the ground where the (police) tent is.
“She looked in really bad shape. Then I saw a 10-year-old girl on the floor. She was in very bad shape too. I’m not sure about the others. It’s awful.”
The neighbour said he was listening to the radio when he heard a woman screaming.
“I turned the radio off, then heard the screams separating, like three or four times within a few seconds, like ‘ahh… ahh… ahh’ as though something was happening to her.
“Then I saw one of my neighbour’s sons, who is around 12 years old, run from the balcony of their house in a panic.”
A woman who lives across the road from the victims, and who asked not to be named, was left shaken by the incident.
She said: “I didn’t see the mum, but I saw and treated the children. We took a saucepan and water [from our house] to try and treat the wounds. I’m really shaken.”
:: Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD3735/06July or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111
An 11-year-old girl is in a critical condition after a knife attack on her family at their house in north London. A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the attack, in which a woman in her thirties and three girls all aged under 12 were stabbed.