Boy, 17, chased and slashed with sword in West Ham as he walked home from college

Police issued CCTV stills of four men wanted in connection to the attack. Picture: Met Police

Police issued CCTV stills of four men wanted in connection to the attack. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

A teenage boy was slashed with a sword as he walked home from college by a hoodie-wearing gang in West Ham.

CCTV stills of the four males with whom police wish to speak. Picture: Met Police

CCTV stills of the four males with whom police wish to speak. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

The 17-year-old victim was with friends when his attackers ran towards them, one of whom waved the weapon, police said.

While his friends managed to escape, the boy was chased into Birch Close, where he slipped and fell over.

The group then surrounded him and hacked his arm as he tried to defend himself.

He was taken to hospital and needed several stitches before being discharged.


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All four attackers were seen to board a train at Star Lane DLR.

Today police released CCTV stills of four males wanted in connection to the attack, which took place just before 6pm on Tuesday, April 17.

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“This is a nasty unprovoked attack on a teenager who was walking home from college,” said Det Con Georgina Hebron, from Newham Borough.

One of the suspects is described as an Asian man wearing a black hat, blue padded jacket over a green hoodie, green tracksuit bottoms and black shoes.

The second, a black teenager, wore a black jacket with ‘Crosshatch’ written down the left arm, black trousers and black shoes.

A third, a white man with a short brown beard, wore a green hooded jacket over a dark blue hoodie, blue jeans and white trainers.

The fourth, a black man with a beard, was wearing a dark blue jacket over a grey hoodie, dark blue trousers and white trainers.

Detectives ask anyone with information detectives to call Newham CID on 101 quoting reference CAD 6371/17Apr18 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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