Violent attack leaves shop assistant’s skull exposed

The Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation into an attack on a 48-year-old shop assistant in Haggerston seven months ago, which left the victim with serious head injuries.

The violent assault using a metal advertising board took place on February 29 at around 3.30am, in front of an off-license on Kingsland Road, Haggerston.

The Met is asking the public to help identify a man they wish to speak to in connection with the attack.

The attack left the victim unconscious with serious bleeding from his head and wounds so deep that his skull could be seen.

PC Jo Giles, investigation leader from Hackney’s Violent Crime Unit, described this occurrence as “a savage and unprovoked attack on a hardworking gentleman.”

“It is extremely lucky that medical intervention was administered so promptly otherwise the consequences to the victim could have been fatal,” she said.

The assailant, thought to be in his late 20s, insisted on being served before other customers, prompting the shop worker to ask the man to leave the shop.

The victim’s friend took him to the nearest hospital, where he received 13 stitches.

Anyone with any information about the attack should contact PC Jo Giles directly on or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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