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Appeal over ‘unprovoked’ assault


POLICE have launched an appeal for witnesses following an assault in West Drayton. According to reports, the 32-year-old man was walking along the Grand Union Canal towpath between West Drayton and Hayes when a man riding a bicycle rode past him and slashed his upper body and neck before cycling away from the scene.

Detective Constable Ashleigh Nelson, of the Met’s West Area Command, said: “While a number of enquiries are underway to identify and apprehend this person, it is vital that we hear from anyone who either witnessed the incident or who knows the identity of the suspect.

Metropolitan Police said the suspect did not exchange any words with the victim and the attack appears to have been unprovoked and without motive.

They added that the victim was assisted by a member of the public, and that his injuries were not life-threatening.

DC Ashleigh Nelson added: “It was pure luck that the injuries sustained by the victim were not more serious. If you have any information that could assist our investigation please get in touch without delay.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 7619/8SEP


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