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CCTV issued to identify man following central London assault

News   •   Aug 19, 2015 17:07 BST

[IMAGE: CCTV still of the man]

Police in Westminster investigating a stabbing have released CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to.

On Sunday, 9 August around 03:00hrs at McDonald's on The Strand in central London, two men aged in their 30s had a verbal altercation with the man inside the fast food restaurant which continued outside.

The man then proceeded to attack the two friends, pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the men in his hand two times. The men fled the scene and approached officers stationed at Downing Street who administered first aid to them.

The suspect is described as a black man aged in his late teens to early 20s, with black afro hair. He was wearing a white baseball cap with a black rim, black top and green tracksuit bottoms with three white stripes down the sides and white trainers.

St John's Ambulance also treated both of the men at the scene before taking them to a central London hospital where the first man was seen for minor cuts and bruises and the second victim for stab wounds to his hand which will require surgery. Both were discharged from hospital later that day.

Detective Constable David Roberts, from Westminster CID said:

"This incident happened at a busy location where there were a number of potential witnesses. I'm sure they will have been as shocked as I was viewing the footage at what took place and I'd urge anyone with information to come forward.

"Thankfully, the injuries sustained were not life-threatening, but it could easily have had fatal consequences.

"Any information will be dealt with in the strictest confidence."

Anyone who can identify this man is asked to contact Westminster police CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If the suspect is seen please dial 999 immediately.