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Renewed appeal following Brick Lane assault

News   •   Jul 07, 2017 06:00 BST

[Image of man police wish to identify]

Police in Tower Hamlets are making a renewed appeal for information that could help identify a suspect in a serious assault which happened in Brick Lane last year.

On 1 November 2016, police were called shortly after 21:10hrs after man - then aged 43 - was struck in the mouth and suffered a fractured jaw.

CCTV cameras on Brick Lane caught the moment the suspect came out of a nearby shop and walked straight into the victim's girlfriend. When the victim asked the suspect to apologise to his girlfriend, the suspect refused and punched him in the face. 

The victim, Jeremy Potter, of Islington, was taken to an east London hospital for treatment. He stayed for four days to receive intensive surgery on his jaw, and was not discharged for a further three months. 

As a result of the single punch he had two metal plates inserted in his jaw and reconstructive surgery. He is suffering from nerve damage to the side of his face, which may result in permanent loss of feeling. 

The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his mid-40s, 5ft 10ins tall with a bald head with short brown hair on the sides and a brown beard. He was wearing large black rimmed glasses, a grey jacket over a red top, beige trousers and brown shoes. He was carrying a white shopping bag labelled 'Religion'. He was also smoking a cigar.

Mr Potter said: "I was just doing what I thought was right by asking for an apology for my girlfriend and as a result I've got a permanently disfigured jaw and am having to come to terms with life without feeling in my lower face." 

Detective Constable Lydia Stephens, investigating officer from Tower Hamlets CID, said: "This was a violent and unprovoked attack in the middle of a busy street. The victim was seriously hurt and his injuries are likely to impact him for the rest of his life. If you recognise the man in this footage, I urge you to get in contact with us."

Anyone with information or any witnesses are urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.