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Thug 'glasses' man in attack

PUBLISHED: 10:40 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 11 August 2010

AN UNPROVOKED attack with a broken bottle, has left a teenager with cuts to his chin. The 18-year-old, from Dagenham, had met a group of strangers on a bus and was speaking with them as it approached the Cherry Tree pub, in Wood Lane, Dagenham. Police s

AN UNPROVOKED attack with a broken bottle, has left a teenager with cuts to his chin.

The 18-year-old, from Dagenham, had met a group of strangers on a bus and was speaking with them as it approached the Cherry Tree pub, in Wood Lane, Dagenham.

Police say he got off the bus, intending to go into the pub for a drink, and the group of a man and two women, followed him.

Before entering the pub the victim was punched in the head by the man, who is then thought to have smashed a bottle and slashed him under the chin with the broken glass.

Emergency services were called and the victim was taken to Queen's hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life threatening.

A resident of Wood Lane, who did not wish to be named, said: "Things like this happen a lot on this street.

"On Friday and Saturday nights there are at least 20 to 30 people hanging around outside smoking and drinking.

"It's no wonder things like this happen.

"We are a close-knit community and we all look out for each other but it's getting to the point where we are thinking about getting a petition together about the pub."

Anyway witnesses to the attack or anyone with any further information is asked to call Detective Constable Darren Rhodes on (020) 217 5536 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on (0800) 555 111.


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