A KNIFE who was arrested after a government employee was slapped in the face was strangely in possession of a ferret.
Armed police came across the ponytail suspect after being stabbed in front of the Home Office at lunchtime – and the police said they could not rule out terror.
The handcuffed suspect was taken to a van when the victim, a Ministry of Housing Department official, rocked his bloody injuries when he was guided from the scene.
Dramatic photos show the shirtless worker in his sixties who cared for his wounded head when blood dribbled down his chest at Westminster in central London.
The police said terror was a topical issue and a spokesperson added, "We're open to the motive."
According to reports, the employee may have been selected as a target because he was carrying his government pass.
Armed police officers arrived within six minutes and arrested a 29-year-old man for suspecting GBH on the steps of St. John's Church in Westminster.
The suspect was also detained on suspicion of tear gas armament.
A ferret in a green plastic basket was dumped next to a knife in a scabbard, an oyster card and a backpack at the scene.
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A found train ticket also indicates that the suspect could have traveled from Birmingham to London to perform the jump-off in broad daylight.
Witnesses today told frightening accounts of watching a "6ft scruffy" man take a "long knife" out of his pocket – and walk quietly through the bustling streets of the capital before the attack.
According to one source, the man asked co-workers if they were working in front of the "unprovoked" knife for the Home Office.
70-year-old home-office worker Keith Thorpe told The Sun Online, "The victim was bleeding heavily from his face, covering his eye quite heavily and his whole face was full of blood."
He said the reception area was "blood-spattered" when armed guards locked up the home-office building.
A local woman who lives near the church added, "I heard a commotion, I did not know what it was, it was the scream of a man.
"The scream was either a cry of violence or fear, it was really loud shouting."
LONDON'S BLOODY STREETS
Attorney Shaun Malston, a real estate agent working across the street, told The Sun, "There was a lot of excitement outside, and everyone ran in different directions.
"I saw people running into the home office, some security guards came from the home office and told everyone to come back in." Then I saw her get the gentleman out – he did not wear a shirt, just his suit pants and jacket.
"There was all that blood in his chest, they took him out and into the ambulance."
Eyewitness Gareth Milner was having lunch when "several armed policemen arrived".
He said, "Some time later, a gentleman with a rather bloody face and a bandage pressed into his face was led by a medic from the Home Office."
The police confirmed that the man had been attacked in front of the Peel Building, which houses four government departments – the Home Office, the British Border Agency, the Identity and Passport Service and the Ministry of Food and Rural Affairs.
The seven-storey building, opened in 2005 and not accessible to the public, currently employs around 6,000 people.
The police initially believed the man had suffered life-threatening injuries and he was taken to a larger trauma center.
His condition is now stable.
Minister of the Interior Priti Patel, who had recently given the police more powers to stop and search, tweeted, "All my thoughts are with the victim and his family after I made a terrible, unproven knife attack on Marsham Street."
The news comes on the same day the Home Office launched a campaign against knife crime with chicken takeaways.
Robert Jenrick, secretary of the New Communities, tweeted this afternoon: "I'm talking to the victim and his family after I made an unproven knife attack at the @ukhomeoffice and @mhclg offices in Marsham Street."
A Met Police spokesman confirmed that they were summoned to Marsham Street shortly after 1pm "after a man was reported with a knife".
They said, "A man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and taken to a police station."
The Home Office described it as "deeply worrying."
A spokesperson added, "Since this is an ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further."
An hour later, an 18-year-old was stabbed to death in Brixton when the police arrested a 17-year-old on suspicion of murder.
London has had a terrible wave of knife attacks, and last year it was the bloodiest in the capital for ten years.
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The number of murders reached 132 – and there is no sign of easing.
By August 13 this year, there were 86 violent deaths in the capital.
Shocking figures showed that knife crime in England and Wales rose to a record high, with 43,000 offenses last year.
Interior Minister Priti Patel has vowed to fight the knife crime since she received one of the top jobs in Boris Johnson's new government. It has given Cops additional stop and search powers to combat violent crime.
Boris has also praised 20,000 other police officers, 10,000 more jail cells, and 100 million pounds for extra security to prevent knives being taken to jails.