Police in Barking and Dagenham are appealing for information following a serious assault which has left a man with serious injuries.
Police were called on Thursday, 6 August, at approximately 19:50hrs to reports of a disturbance outside a shop at Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham.
Officers attended and found a 36-year-old man suffering from facial injuries. The London Ambulance Service also attended and the victim was taken an east London hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
Officers have established that the victim had been involved in a disagreement with another man which initially began in a takeaway shop at the location.
The disagreement then continued outside on the street where the victim and the man were involved in an altercation which resulted in a knife being produced and the victim being assaulted.
The suspect made off prior to police arrival, he is described as a black male, aged approximately 30 years, 5ft 10ins tall, of average build, wearing a grey t-shirt, blue jeans and white trainers.
Detective Constable Nicola Dunn, Barking and Dagenham CID said: "This is a horrific attack which has resulted in the victim receiving life changing injuries. He has a three inch slash wound to his neck, a large deep knife wound to his left cheek running practically from ear to ear and a puncture wound to the right chest just below the shoulder.
“He is currently in hospital in a high dependency unit and as a result of the knife wound to his neck has undergone a tracheotomy procedure. I urge anyone who witnessed this incident on Thursday evening to get in contact with us so we can catch the suspect as quickly as possible. It’s just sheer luck that the victim did not die."
No arrests have been made and enquires continue.
Anyone with information which could assist the investigation or witnessed the incident is asked to contact Barking and Dagenham CID on 101 quoting reference CRIS 5113106/15. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.