Police are calling for witnesses to come forward after an attack last week in Bow left a popular local teacher with serious injuries.
The victim, who works at a nearby school, was attacked at the junction of St Paul’s Way and Locksley Street, E14, on the morning of Monday 12 July.
Though initially described as assault, the incident, in which the 37-year-old sustained facial cuts and head injuries, is now being treated as attempted murder.
Police and ambulance staff were called to the scene at 08:20 and discovered the victim, whose rucksack and mobile phone are believed to have been stolen. He was taken to hospital, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
According to authorities, a number of Asian males were witnessed running away from the scene. Police are interested in any information available about five individuals aged between 18 and 20, wearing black bandanas over their faces, who were seen fleeing along Locksley Street.
Detective Inspector McHugh of Tower Hamlets police said: “I am appealing to the public for information that will assist police in identifying those responsible.”
“This was a very violent assault on an innocent member of the public in an area not known for this type of crime.”
“Did you see the attack or anyone running away? Have you found any property or weapons discarded in the local area? Have you heard anything about this incident or those involved?”
“Was there an event on the Sunday night that caused the attackers to be in the area on the Monday morning?”
If you have any information about the incident, you can call the Tower Hamlets Robbery Squad on 020 8217 6650, or, for anonymity, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.