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CCTV captures horrific moment charity boss is bottled after confronting 'drug dealers' in Finsbury Park

PUBLISHED: 16:53 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:15 31 March 2017

The bottle smashed on impact with Mohamed's head.

The bottle smashed on impact with Mohamed's head.

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This is the chilling moment a charity director was bottled after confronting suspected drug dealers outside his Finsbury Park office last night.

Mohamed in hospital last night.Mohamed in hospital last night.

Mohamed Nacer was knocked out after being smashed over the head with a glass bottle in Seven Sisters Road just before 5.30pm, leaving the pavement covered in blood.

The 45-year-old is the founder of the Arab Advice Bureau (AAB), a charity that has been working to beat anti-social behaviour, crime and terrorism in Islington and Hackney since 1998.

He had bravely stood up to the group after becoming fed up with dealers constantly operating outside his building, but was left needing five stitches for his troubles.

Mohamed had gone outside to speak to the group.Mohamed had gone outside to speak to the group.

The attack was captured on CCTV by off-licence Food City, which is below the AAB headquarters.

Speaking to the Gazette after leaving hospital, dad-of-two Mohamed said at one point he thought he was going to die.

“I have reported it [drug dealing] many times,” he said. “But yesterday I went to speak to them telling them not to sell drugs there.

The man attacked Mohamed after he confronted a group of people outside his offices.The man attacked Mohamed after he confronted a group of people outside his offices.

“One of them told me he was going to stab me and said: ‘I’ll open your stomach’.

“He went into the shop and bought a bottle of Coke and hit me over the head with it. The glass smashed and I fell over.”

Mohamed was helped up by passers-by who called an ambulance. The attacker ran off and is still at large.

Mohamed was struck with a glass bottle.Mohamed was struck with a glass bottle.

The outreach worker, who is now recovering at home, spends his days supporting marginalised groups to improve community relations.

His charity has worked with Islington Council on projects such as helping vulnerable migrants with housing and immigration matters.

But now Mohamed says he’s too scared to go back to his office, and has called on police to tackle the growing problems with crime around Finsbury Park.

Mohamed collapsed to the floor after being struck on the head.Mohamed collapsed to the floor after being struck on the head.

“I feel very threatened,” he said. “I chat to the shopkeepers and we don’t feel safe in the area. I need to have my voice heard.

“The whole community is very scared. No one wants to speak out, no one has got the courage to speak to these drug dealers.”

Algerian-born Mohamed hoped he could reason with the group by speaking in Arabic – but it didn’t work.

Seven Sisters Road is taped off by the junction of Wilberforce Road.Seven Sisters Road is taped off by the junction of Wilberforce Road.

Police were called to the scene, near the junction with Wilberforce Road, at 5.30pm and taped off the bloodsoaked pavement for hours.

No arrests have been made.

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