Police and ambulance services cordon off the scene of the attack. Photo: Bauke Schram
Police and ambulance services cordon off the scene of the attack. Photo: Bauke Schram

‘Blood cleaned from walls’ after violent assault on Eden Street

Police and ambulance services were seen ‘cleaning blood off of shopfronts’ after being called to Eden Street on Tuesday evening in response to reports of a violent assault in an alleyway.

The victim, a 55-year-old woman who works as a cleaner in a local office, was allegedly assaulted by a man in the alleyway opposite McDonald’s as she left her place of work. The woman was taken to hospital for treatment for head and facial injuries. A 33-year-old man was arrested at the scene.

Eyewitness Jenna Shakir said that she saw a woman lying on the floor in the alleyway and a police presence as she walked home from work.  Other eyewitnesses said that they saw police cleaning blood from shopfronts.

Blood on the wall of Feather & Black furniture store. Photo: Martine Mæland

Blood on the wall of Feather & Black furniture store. Photo: Martine Mæland

“It’s a really dodgy area,” said Ms Shakir, who works in a furniture shop next to the site of the assault. “Somebody was assaulted in the car park last year – there are no security cameras.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said on Thursday morning: ‘A 55-year-old woman was assaulted by a male suspect not known to her at approximately 18:45 on Tuesday opposite McDonalds in Eden St. She suffered head and facial injuries and was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service. She was discharged following treatment. A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH and remains in custody at this stage.’

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Outgoing editor of The River's newspaper team. Interested in foreign affairs, classical music and good coffee. Dresses in clothes your dad might wear. Contact me at k1212215@kingston.ac.uk if you'd like to talk to me directly, or use editors.river@gmail.com for general enquiries.

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