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"Motiveless attack" at Elephant and Castle

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following an attack on a man at the Elephant and Castle which left him needing 18 stitches to his face.

It happened on Saturday 7 May at approximately 6.10am. The victim, a 42 year-old man, was attacked after leaving the Ministry of Salsa in Walworth Road, opposite the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre..

He was approaching the railway bridge just past the Tai Won Mein noodle bar when he was attacked from behind. The victim saw what he believes was agreen bottle hitting him in the face.

He ran straight to Walworth Police Station and was taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries. He required 18 stitches to his face.

The incident is being investigated by Southwark CID.

"The victim has no idea why he was attacked in this way," says DS Jane Corrigan. "He has been devastated by this attack which has left him scarred for life.

"I am appealing for anyone who was in that part of Walworth Road, who may have been at the Ministry of Salsa, or at a night out elsewhere, or was on their way to work. It is a very busy area, at all times of day or night."

Anyone with any information is asked to ring DS Corrigan on 020 7232 6166, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.

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