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Tourist requires surgery after brutal unprovoked attack in Warwick Avenue

PUBLISHED: 08:31 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:18 20 March 2017

A 60-year-old Austrian  tourist was brutally attacked in Warwick Avenue (Picture: Met)

A 60-year-old Austrian tourist was brutally attacked in Warwick Avenue (Picture: Met)

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Police are appealing for witnesses to a brutal unprovoked attack in Warwick Avenue which left a tourist needing surgery.

A 60-year-old woman visiting London from Austria walked out of Warwick Avenue tube station at 8pm on March 10 when a man in his late 20s approached her and tried to chat her up.

The victim politely rejected his advances and started walking along Warwick Avenue towards Formosa Street, police said.

The man followed the victim, grabbed her from behind and began repeatedly punching her in the face.

Scotland Yard said the attack left the victim with substantial facial injuries that amount to grievous bodily harm.

A passer-by found the woman a short time later having not witnessed the attack and called the emergency services.

She was taken to a central London hospital for treatment and has since been discharged but will require further surgery.

Police said the victim has agreed to release a photo of her injuries but does not wish to be named.

The suspect is described asa white man, aged around 25 to 27 years, about 5ft 8ins tall with short brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing light coloured trousers, a brown jacket and a black baseball cap.

Detectives have carried out enquiries in the area and are appealing for anyone with information about the attack to come forward.

DC Mike Reilly, the investigating officer from Westminster CID, said: “This was a vicious unprovoked attack that has left the victim very shaken. Her injuries are so severe that she requires surgery.

“Warwick Avenue is a busy area, especially at 8pm on a Friday evening. Someone must have seen something and I’d appeal for anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible so we can bring the perpetrator to justice.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Westminster CID via 020 7321 8260 or @MetCC.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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