Woman with life-threatening injuries was stabbed in Dagenham on way home from work
PUBLISHED: 13:11 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:11 15 February 2017
The moments before a woman was stabbed in a “brutal” assault that left with life-threatening injuries have been traced by police searching for her attacker.
Police revealed today that the 29-year-old was heading home from work in the City of London when she was stabbed in the area of Castle Green and Krithia Road in Dagenham on Monday night.
The woman, who is fighting for her life in an east London hospital, boarded a bus at Rippleside Cemetery in Barking at 9.37pm, alighting three minutes later at Castle Green.
She was found unconscious with stab wounds and head injuries in Krithia Road at about 10.30pm.
Police believe it is likely to have been a stranger who attacked her.
The Homicide and Major Crime Command unit’s DCI Gary Holmes appealed for anybody with any information that may be helpful to come forward.
“This was a brutal and shocking attack and I would appeal for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area of the park on Monday evening or has any information to come forward as soon as possible,” he said. “I do think someone in the local community will hold the key to this and have information that could be vital to our investigation.”
Nobody has been arrested as police continue to search Castle Green and the surrounding areas.
Despite DCI Holmes saying the attack probably took place moments after the victim stepped off the bus, no description of the attacker has been secured.
“We know the woman got off that bus alive and well. She then started walking home and we believe she was attacked almost immediately by someone she did not know,” he said. “There is nothing to suggest why she might have been targeted that night.
“We are keeping an open mind about a motive and all lines of enquiry are being explored.”
Barking and Dagenham’s borough commander Sean Wilson urged the public to take safety precautions in light of the stabbing.
“This was clearly a horrific attack that has left a young woman fighting for her life,” he said. “Attacks like this are rare but I know our local community will be very concerned about what has happened.
“We are putting extra officers on patrol in the area to offer reassurance and giving every support to DCI Holmes’ investigation.
“We do not want to alarm people but it’s prudent for everyone to take sensible crime prevention precautions.
“Avoid secluded and poorly lit areas at night, particularly if you’re alone, and do tell a friend or family member where you are going.”
Anyone with information on the stabbing can call police on 020 8345 1570 or on 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.