Man targeted in Abbey Wood hammer attack

PUBLISHED: 09:01 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:01 08 July 2013

A 51-year-old man was rushed to hospital with a fractured skull after being attacked with a hammer in Abbey Wood.

The incident happened outside Argali House in St John Fisher Road just before midnight on Tuesday (July 2) and police are appealing for information.

Three men pulled up in a black vehicle at the scene of the attack and got out, before the victim was struck around the head with the hammer.

The victim fell to ground and the suspect continued to assault him, stamping on his head. After the assault the suspects returned to their car and left the scene.

The man was taken to a South London Hospital with serious head injuries and he remains in hospital in a serious condition.

Det Ch Insp Gary Holmes from Bexley police is leading the investigation. He said: “This was a particularly violent attack on a man using a hammer who has sustained horrific injuries, and as such we are treating it as attempted murder.

“I encourage anyone with any information regarding the assault to contact us in complete confidence. The suspect who was the main instigator of this attack was accompanied by two other white males who have not yet been identified. It is crucial that we do so. I would appeal to the men themselves or anyone that may know them to contact us.

“I would like to reassure residents at this time that this was not a random attack, as investigations have established that the victim and at least one of the suspects were known to each other.”

A 26-year-old man from Erith has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He appeared at Bexley Magistrates’ Court on Friday (July 5) where he was remanded in custody to stand trial at a later date.

Anyone with information should contact Bexley CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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