Detectives investigating a serious assault in which a man was stabbed in the eye have released CCTV footage of two suspects they want to trace.
On Friday, 15 December at around 22:30hrs, police were called to a convenience store on Hatch Lane, E4 after members of staff reported a man had entered with his face covered in blood.
Officers attended and found a 20-year-old man suffering from a stab injury to his eye; they administered first aid prior to the London Ambulance Service (LAS) being called.
The victim was taken to an east London hospital by the LAS with life changing injuries. He has since been discharged, but requires numerous operations on the injured eye and could lose the sight in the left eye altogether
Officers established that the victim had been attacked on Ashwood Road, E4 by two men in possession of a machete and a knife.
The victim struggled with the men before being stabbed outside the store on Hatch Lane.
No arrests have been made.
CCTV footage obtained from the store shows two suspects as they attack the victim outside the Co-Op.
Suspect One is described as a white man, aged in his late teens to early 20s. He was wearing a dark hooded top with grey shoulders, dark tracksuit trousers and grey trainers.
Suspect Two is described as a black man, also aged in his late teens to early 20s. He was wearing a dark hooded top and grey trousers.
Detective Constable Stephen Eyres, of Waltham Forest CID, said: "This was a targeted attack. The victim was ambushed by two men who were intent on causing him serious harm. It was a particularly violent attack which has resulted in the victim requiring numerous operations on the injured eye and he could lose the sight in the left eye altogether.
"We are appealing for any information as to the identity of these two suspects."
Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact Waltham Forest CID on 020 3276 0947 or by Tweeting @MetCC.
To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org