Wapping stabbing – police search for three suspects on bikes

Tower Hamlets CID are appealing for to Wapping residents as they try to identify three suspects on bicycles who may have committed the recent stabbing in Green Bank E1W and a potential key witness.

Three suspects on bicycles that police wish to identify. (Click to see larger image)

At approximately 22:30hrs on Saturday, 28 April the victim, a 29-year-old man, was standing in Green Bank, E1W having a cigarette when he was approached by three males riding bicycles.

Without provocation the man was stabbed in the leg, causing a deep cut that damaged his femoral artery. London Ambulance Service attended and the victim was taken to hospital for treatment.

Is this you? Did you see the assault or three youths on bikes? (Click to see larger image.)

The femoral artery is a large artery in the thigh and the main arterial blood supply to the leg. Wounds to the femoral artery can easily lead to massive blood loss and death.

The victim still remains in hospital recovering from the attack.

A CCTV still image showing the three cyclists have been released as police continue to investigate the attack.

A second image shows a man walking down Green Bank pulling a wheeled bag behind him. Police believe he may have seen the three suspects or witnessed the attack.

“Although these CCTV stills are not great in quality, they may jog someone’s memory about the events of that evening,” said Detective Constable Ian Arrowsmith, officer in charge of the investigation.

“I am particularly keen to trace the man seen wheeling a bag behind him – he may hold vital information that could help us trace those responsible for this vicious attack.”

Officers from Tower Hamlets CID are continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information to call police on 101 quoting ref: CAD 8473/28Apr. You can also tweet @MetCC.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There have been no arrests to date.

LW Comment – police need to talk to residents

When we initially reported this attack our understanding was that it was as the result of a dispute at a party on the Green Bank.

Although that would be serious in itself we are now told two weeks after the event that this was an unprovoked attack by three thugs on bicycles.

This raises grave issues about the general level of crime in Wapping and confirms the general belief that Wapping is no longer a safe place to live.

We did hear rumours that three youths on bicycles were involved but without any confirmation or further information from the police we did not publish this.

The delay in this information being made public – and this was only because LW happened to see a routine MPS press release – makes it that much harder for the police to identify either the suspects or the potential witness.

As with all law-abiding Wapping residents LW is always keen to help the police.

However LW and other residents could help a lot more if the police talked to the Wapping community.

We are both on the same side.

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