Random attack by man with knuckleduster in London Fields leaves victim hospitalised

A 27-year-old suffered a broken eye socket when he was attacked at random in Hackney by a stranger reportedly armed with a knuckleduster.

Scotland Yard on Wednesday released CCTV footage of a man they want to trace following the “serious unprovoked attack”, which happened around 7pm on November 11.

The victim has been walking on the Regent’s Row Walkpath beside Regent’s Canal with a friend, when they were approached by a man they did not know.

“The man launched an unprovoked attack on the victim, punching him to the floor,” said Scotland Yard in a statement.

“He said ‘do you think you’re hard?’ before leaving the scene.”

The victim sustained cuts to his face and a broken eye socket, which required treatment at hospital.

“Due to the severity of the injuries it is suspected the suspect may have used a knuckleduster,” police added.

“Officers from the Central East Command Unit have conducted various enquiries and are now turning to the public for help identifying the man.”

The attack took place on the stretch of Regent’s Row Walkpath that lies near the play area behind Regent’s Court in Pownall Road.

Anyone who has information that could help police should call 101 or tweet @MetCC ref 4631386/22