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Police appeal after man head smashed in with metal bar

Police in Tower Hamlets are appealing for witnesses and information after a man was assaulted in Stepney.

Officers were called at around 17:30hrs on Friday, 6 April to reports of the assault in Reardon House, Reardon Street, E1.

The victim, a man aged in his 30s, was distributing leaflets to residences in Reardon House ahead of the upcoming local elections.

As he was on the third floor of the block, he was rushed by the suspect and struck over the head with what is thought to have been a metal pole.

The victim suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital for treatment – he received ten stitches to his head wound before being discharged.

The suspect is described as a man, around 6ft tall and wearing dark clothing including a black mask.

Acting Detective Sergeant Tomasz Patzer of Tower Hamlets CID leads the investigation. He said:

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Reardon House on the evening of Friday 6 April and can provide information to assist with this investigation to contact police.

“While work continues to establish the motive for this assault, we do know that at the time he was attacked, the victim had been canvassing ahead of the local election.

“Whether this was the reason for the assault is not known but this was a violent incident and I am keen to hear from anyone who can help catch the attacker.”

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Anyone with information concerning this attack is requested to call Tower Hamlets CID on 101 quoting reference CAD 5813/6April or via Twitter @MetCC. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.