Sydney stabbing: One woman dead as three British men praised for restraining knife-wielding attacker

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Screengrab from a video issued by 7 News of a man being tackled with a milk crate and chairs by members of the public in Sydney - PA

Three British men have been hailed as heroes after they wrestled a knife-wielding attacker to the ground in central Sydney after he left at least one woman dead. 

NSW police said they responded to reports of a man wielding a knife on York Street around 2pm.    

Arriving on the scene, they discovered a woman with stab wounds inside a hotel. She was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Shortly afterwards, the alleged assailant was restrained by members of the public before being arrested by police.

Later police said they found the body of a woman inside an apartment on Clarence Street. Officers confirmed to the Guardian that the death was linked to the ongoing investigation.

A woman is taken to hospital from Hotel CBD in Sydney Credit: AAP Image

In footage shared on social media, the alleged assailant can be seen jumping onto the bonnet of a car wielding a knife.

The car moves forward, prompting him to fall backwards onto the ground before he is chased by members of the public. 

He can be heard shouting: “Shoot me, f---ing shoot me in the f---ing head, shoot me, I want to f---ing die.” 

Police gather at the crime scene after a man stabbed a woman and attempted to stab others in central Sydney Credit: AFP

One video shows him being pinned to the ground by members of the public while another showed him being led away by police. 

Lee Cuthbert, Paul O'Shaughnessy and Luke O'Shaughnessy, all from Manchester, said they heard shouts from the street below their office in the Map Talent recruitment agency and ran down to investigate. 

The group then worked together, according to interviews in The Age, to overcome the knife-wielding man. 

"We had a window open to get some air in and then we just heard the commotion … we looked out and saw him on top of a car wielding a knife and we all just kind of reacted from there," said Mr Cuthbert.

"We just tried to get down as quick as we could ... You don't think … you just kind of react really, it was surreal, very, very surreal."

Police described the members of the public who acted first as 'heroes'. 

“I want to acknowledge those members of the public who got involved. They were significantly brave people … They are heroes,” Supt Gavin Wood said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the attack was "deeply concerning" and praised the "brave actions" of the members of the public who helped restrain the alleged assailant.