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Appeal following unprovoked assault in Greenwich

News   •   Jun 18, 2018 05:30 BST

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was left with serious injuries following an assault with knuckleduster

Detectives in Greenwich are appealing for witnesses following an incident in Greenwich in which an 18-year-old man was assaulted with a knuckleduster and sprayed with a noxious substance.

Police were called at 00:50hrs on Saturday, 16 June to a hospital in south-east London following reports of a man suffering from serious facial injuries having been assaulted.

The victim had been making his way home on a Route 286 bus after a night out. He got off at Bexley Road, SE9 and was approached by three males.

The victim attempted to move out of their way before they began to harass him.

A verbal altercation then followed during which the males swore aggressively at the victim before one pulled out a knuckleduster and punched him repeatedly in the face.

Another of the suspects pulled out a small bottle containing a clear liquid and threatened the victim before spraying it at him.

The males are then believed to have run off towards Avery Hill Road.

The victim made his way to hospital where police were alerted. He sustained a fractured eye socket and a broken nose.

The suspects are all described as white and aged between 18 and 25 years old. They were all wearing tracksuits; the suspect who punched the victim had short blond hair and was around 5ft 10ins tall.

The second and third suspects were also around 5ft 8ins tall and also had short blond hair.

Tests are ongoing to determine what the substance was.

Detective Constable Dan Newbury, of Greenwich Borough, said: “This is a truly vicious assault; the victim was minding his own business on his way home when these three males have confronted him and left him with injuries that are possibly life-changing.

“Were you in the area at this time? Did you see three males running towards Avery Hill Road? If so I would urge you to tell us what you saw as soon as possible.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information is asked to contact officers at Greenwich via 101 quoting 256/16 June.

Alternatively, tweet @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.