Seven Kings stabbing: Police release CCTV images of cyclist suspected of knifing woman, 27, in the back
“I know that this attack on a woman, coming so soon after the tragic murder of Zara Aleena, will be of great concern to Londoners and particularly to people in Ilford.”
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The 27-year-old was walking along St Johns Road, Redbridge, on Friday evening around 8pm, when she was knifed by a man on a bicycle cycling towards Meads Lane.
She was rushed to hospital where her injuries were assessed as “not life-threatening or life-changing”.
Detectives have made public photographs of the suspect, who is seen riding a green bike, with a balaclava and helmet on dressed all in black.
It is understood that CCTV footage showing the attack is circulating, and this has also been seen by police.
Sources who have witnessed the stabbing video have told LondonWorld they believe the attack could have been pre-meditated.
Detectives are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.
Ch Insp Chris Byrne said: “I know that this attack on a woman, coming so soon after the tragic killing of Zara Aleena, will be of great concern to Londoners and particularly to people in Ilford.
“Of course, my colleagues and I share those concerns and we are working hard to do everything possible to keep people safe.”
Ch Insp Byrne asked anyone who recognised the man on the bike to call police immediately.
“The woman was attacked by a male riding a bicycle, who rode away in the direction of Meads Lane, Ilford,” he said.
“One image shows the suspect in Meads Lane around the time of the attack.
“The suspect is pictured in black clothing and a black bag, with a white and black bicycle helmet and a distinctive green bicycle.
“Local people will have seen more police officers in the Ilford area since the death of Zara Aleena two weeks ago.
“We have deployed additional resources to the local area including officers who specialise in tackling violent crime.
“We will continue to adjust our plans to ensure that officers are visible and available to support the community this weekend and in subsequent days.”
There have been no arrests so far.
Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD7258/8Jul. Alternatively, you can provide information to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.