Masked teen thug stabbed two men in terrifying broad-daylight attack
A teenager has admitted stabbing two young men during mass disorder at Hyde Park on one of the hottest days of the year.
Violence broke out in central London on the evening of July 19 after up to 4,000 people gathered on the banks of the Serpentine to enjoy a water fight.
During the disturbance, Joshua Clements, 18, from Hammersmith, west London, attacked two 19-year-old men with a hunting knife, leaving them with serious injuries.
Clements, who tried to disguise himself in a camouflage print mask, stabbed one of his victims in the stomach inside the park.
He knifed the other victim in the chest and arms in nearby Cumberland Gate, Scotland Yard said.
He was tracked on CCTV and an image of his face with his mask off was circulated and recognised by a police constable attached to a west London gangs unit, police said.
Clements was arrested on July 27 and a weapon, which was later linked to one of the crimes, was seized from his home.
At a brief hearing at the Old Bailey, Clements pleaded guilty to two charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent; carrying an offensive weapon; two counts of handling stolen goods; and possession of a class A drug with intent to supply. Sentencing was adjourned to a future hearing.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall said: "Thousands of people had gathered in Hyde Park to enjoy one of the hottest days of the year but unfortunately amongst them were individuals determined to commit serious crimes.
The knife used in the shocking attack
"Clements is a violent individual who targeted two innocent people, thinking he could evade justice.
"His victims sustained very serious injuries and I am pleased that the overwhelming evidence against him has persuaded him to plead guilty to these offences."