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UPDATE: CCTV image released of man sought re unprovoked stabbing, Hackney

News   •   Apr 07, 2020 16:00 BST

An image of the man police are trying to identify

Detectives are releasing an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with an unprovoked attack on a woman in an east London park.

Police were called at 15:48hrs on Saturday, 4 April to reports of an injured woman at London Fields, Hackney, at the tennis courts’ entrance in Richmond Road, near the junction with Navarino Road.

Police and the London Ambulance Service [LAS] attended and found a woman in her 40s suffering from stab injuries to her arm and back.

She was taken by LAS to an east London hospital, where her injuries were assessed as not life-threatening.

The victim was walking alone when an unknown man ran up to her and stabbed her in an unprovoked attack. The suspect then ran off down Navarino Road.

Officers, including the Met’s Dog Support Unit, attended and searched the area but there was no trace of the suspect.

The suspect is described as a black man, about 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build. He was wearing a red beanie hat, a mustard coloured jumper and grey trousers.

Detectives from Central East CID are investigating and are appealing for witnesses and information.

Detective Sergeant Justin Franklin said: “This is a shocking unprovoked attack with no apparent motive and it is understandably going to cause concern in the community. However, please be assured that we are working around the clock to find the person responsible and bring them to justice.

“Meanwhile our residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area. I’d encourage anybody walking alone to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police.

“I would urge anyone who can assist our inquiry, or knows who this man is, to contact police as a matter of urgency. Your information, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, could be vital to our investigation. Help us to help keep you safe.”

No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting 4448/4APR or Tweet @MetCC. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online crimestoppers-org.uk.