WITNESS APPEAL: Man nearly blinded in late night street attack in Hackney Road

Witness appeal to attck at 11pm in Hackney Road where man was nearly blinded. Picture: Met Police

Witness appeal to attck at 11pm in Hackney Road where man was nearly blinded. Picture: Met Police - Credit: MPS

Detectives are hunting a couple after man was attacked near Cambridge Heath station late at night who could end up partially blinded.

Witness appeal to attck at 11pm in Hackney Road where man was nearly blinded. Picture: Met Police

Witness appeal to attck at 11pm in Hackney Road where man was nearly blinded. Picture: Met Police - Credit: MPS

The a 20-year-old was approached by the couple in Hackney Road at the corner of The Oval in Bethnal Green when he was suddenly hit in the face with such force that he may lose sight in one eye.

“This was an horrific attack on an innocent man walking home after an evening with friends,” Det Con Simon Carson said. “The consequences will stay with him the rest of his life.”

The victim managed to reach the Queen Adelaide pub to get help before collapsing. He was taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital, where he was told he had “life changing injuries” following the damage to his eye.

His attacker police are looking for is 5ft 6in tall, in his late teens or early 20s, with a tanned complexion and either a bald or shaven head, who was wearing a khaki jacket, black trousers, black ‘man bag’ and a chain around his neck. The woman with him is described as black, late teens or early 20s, with shoulder length black hair.


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Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the Saturday night attack at 11pm on September 9 to call 101, tweet @MetCC, or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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