CCTV footage of “vicious, unprovoked” Shoreditch attack released
PUBLISHED: 13:34 01 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:37 01 August 2013
Detectives have released CCTV footage of the moment a man waiting for a bus was viciously assaulted in an entirely unprovoked attack in Kingsland Road, Shoreditch on Wednesday.
The film shows two suspects approaching the 28-year-old victim, before one suddenly swings a punch at his face, leaving him in extreme pain with a fractured cheekbone.
The incident happened a few minutes after midnight as the victim listened to headphones while he waited at a bus stop outside 78 Kingsland Road in Shoreditch.
Footage shows two males, both black and wearing hooded tops - one with the hood up, one down - meeting moments before near the scene.
They walk away from the area of the bus stop before turning back.
The suspect with his hood down then swings back his arm and punched the victim full in the face.
The victim collapsed to the ground and tried to scramble away.
The suspect stepped towards him before turning and running back along Kingsland Road.
At the same time the other suspect tried to grab a mobile phone from a woman, aged 24, who was also waiting at the bus stop.
She held onto it and he made off empty-handed.
The victim was taken to the Royal London Hospital and discharged after treatment for his injuries.
Investigating officer Det Con Dave Crewe, from Hackney robbery squad, said: “This was a vicious unprovoked assault on a man simply standing at a bus stop minding his own business.
“The violence used was utterly unnecessary.
“We are appealing for anyone with information or witnesses to please come forward. Any suspect who uses violence so freely in an unprovoked manner is likely to strike again.”
Anyone who can help is asked to contact police on 020 7275 3210 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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