Police are hunting for a man who launched a “violent and unprovoked” attack in the City which left the victim in hospital needing brain surgery.
The assault happened in February as the victim – a man in his 60s – took an early morning walk along Bread Street, near to St Paul’s Cathedral, City of London Police said.
He was knocked out with a flurry of punches and kicks in the “random” attack, with the attacker kicking the victim twice in the head as he lay prone on the ground.
In a bid to catch the attacker, police have today released pictures of the suspect, wearing a distinctive shirt and believed to have a Scottish accent, who was captured on CCTV after the brutal assault.
“The suspect in this random attack is clearly an extremely violent individual and it is important we identify him as soon as possible”, said PC Yusuf Meerza from City of London Police.
“He is believed to have a Scottish accent and was wearing a distinct chequered jacket on the day of the attack.”
The attack happened at around 5.45am on February 6, and PC Meerza said CCTV was used to track the suspect as he left Bread Street and went to catch a train.
“We have followed him on CCTV to City Thameslink station where he has boarded a train on platform one at 0605hrs with the end destination of Bedford”, he said.
“The suspect has alighted at St Pancras and headed towards Euston Road where he is then lost from view.
“If you recognise the man in the images released today, please get in touch.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 0207 601 2999 quoting reference 20*70149 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.