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Pedestrian left in pool of blood after attack

PUBLISHED: 10:16 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:07 02 July 2010

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A MAN was left in a pool of blood after he was knocked unconscious with a cricket bat in a sickening daylight attack. Police say it happened after an altercation broke out between two men in Longbridge Road, Barking, near the junction with Upney Lane, at

A MAN was left in a pool of blood after he was knocked unconscious with a cricket bat in a sickening daylight attack.

Police say it happened after an altercation broke out between two men in Longbridge Road, Barking, near the junction with Upney Lane, at around 2pm on Monday (January 7).

Witnesses said one of the men, who was driving a silver Peugeot, calmly got out of the car and walked to the boot.

He took out a cricket bat, and struck the victim hard around the side of the head, knocking him to the ground.

Then the attacker replaced the bat in the car and drove off along Upney Lane.

Passers-by rushed to help the victim, an Asian man, who was lying unconscious in the street.

He was bleeding heavily, but regained consciousness just before an ambulance arrived.

A man believed to be his brother accompanied him to hospital in an ambulance at 2.25pm.

A nearby shopkeeper said: "I heard a man screaming, and looked out of the window. It seemed as if the car was on top of his foot because it was as if he couldn't move.

"The driver got out of the vehicle, opened the boot, got a cricket bat and whacked the guy on the left ear. He was so calm.

"Then he put the cricket bat back and drove off like nothing happened. The man collapsed. His ear was bleeding so there must have been some force in it."

Another witness said: "At first I thought the man been run over, and then someone told me he'd been hit with a cricket bat.

"He was unconscious at first, then he came to; it's really shocking."

A police spokeswoman said the attack happened after a disagreement over a parking space.

She added: "The victim is a 41-year-old man from Grays. The London Ambulance Service took him to hospital with potentially life threatening injuries."

As the POST went to press yesterday morning (Tuesday), his condition was described as stable.

The attacker is described as an Asian man, aged around 25 years with short dark hair.

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact Detective Constable Steve Storey on (020) 8217 5569 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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