Manhunt continues after thug partially bites off mini-cab driver's nose during 'uprovoked attack' in Noak Hill
PUBLISHED: 11:25 15 June 2018
Police have re-issued an appeal for the public's help to trace a man wanted in connection with an assault that saw a mini-cab driver's nose partially bitten off.
Officers were called to reports of an assault on Benskins Lane, in Noak Hill, at 11.54pm on Saturday, May 26.
There they found a 51-year-old mini-cab driver with serious facial injuries - a piece of his nose was bitten off.
He was taken to an east London hospital where his injuries have been deemed life-changing.
The driver had collected the suspect as a fare on South Street and was due to take him to Noak Hill Road.
During the journey, the suspect asked to change the destination to Benskins Lane, which was further away.
The driver explained this would cost more and the suspect agreed.
Upon arrival, the suspect stated he was not going to pay and that he was going to fight the victim.
The suspect assaulted the victim by repeatedly hitting him in the face before biting his nose.
Following the attack, the suspect grabbed the mini-cab’s rear facing dash cam as well as cash and documents.
He then fled the scene down a footpath.
Detective Constable Gill Garrett, the investigating officer from the East Area Command Unit’s CID, said: “This was a brutal unprovoked attack that has left the victim extremely distressed and too shaken to return to work.
“He is still receiving medical treatment and has already undergone numerous surgical procedures.
“We have released an image of a man we would like to speak to in connection with this assault.
“We would urge anyone who recognises him to contact us as a matter of urgency.
“Any information provided to the police will be treated in confidence, or people can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.
“We are calling on the public and the media to help us find and bring the person responsible for this heinous crime to justice.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call East Area CID on 020 8345 3512 or 101 quoting reference 9391/26May
People can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org