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Appeal following racially motivated attack in Poplar

News   •   Jun 28, 2018 15:00 BST

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a man was attacked and stabbed in Poplar.

Officers were called at approximately 02:40hrs on Tuesday, 19 June to reports of a man in his 30s suffering stab wounds.

London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene and the victim was taken to an east London hospital for treatment to his injuries. He remains there receiving treatment but his condition is not life threatening.

So far, it has been established that the victim was in the vicinity of Follett Street, E14 when he met a group of people. A verbal altercation occurred but the situation calmed and the victim and six males from the group went to an underpass that runs between Follett Street and the A12.

They sat chatting and drinking for a while before the victim was attacked and stabbed several times.

The group made off and the victim managed to stagger and flag down a passing taxi who called the emergency services.

Police are treating the incident as racially motivated.

PC Simon Maude of Tower Hamlets CID leads the investigation and said:

“This was a vicious attack which left a man fighting for his life. Our initial enquiries have made good progress and we continue to work to identify those who were involved in the attack.

“I would urge anyone who was in the area of Follett Street or St Leonard’s Road in the early hours of Tuesday, 19 June and saw a group of six males leaving the area on foot at around 2:40am to contact me.

“You may hold vital evidence that could assist this investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Tower Hamlets CID on 101 or tweet information to @MetCC.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There have been no arrests; enquiries continue.