A WOMAN is ‘fighting for her life’ after being stabbed in Dagenham and police have advised other women in the area to ‘avoid secluded and poorly lit areas’ while the attacker remains at large.
The victim, 29, is in hospital in a ‘critical condition’ after being attacked on Monday, February 13.
Police and paramedics were called to Krithia Road at roughly 9.50pm on Monday after a woman was reported ‘unconscious and injured’.
The case is being investigated by the Homicide and Major Crime Command.
A Met Police spokesman said: “She remains in a life-threatening condition with stab wounds, including injuries to her head. Her family have been informed.
“Officers retain an open mind about the motive and are exploring all lines of enquiry but early indications are that this was a stranger attack.”
Barking and Dagenham borough commander Sean Wilson described the attack as ‘horrific’ and put extra officers on patrol to ‘offer reassurance’ to the community.
He said: “We do not want to alarm people but it’s prudent for everyone to take sensible crime prevention precautions. Avoid secluded and poorly lit areas at night, particularly if you’re alone, and do tell a friend or family member where you are going.”
The woman had been heading home from work in the City. She boarded a bus at Rippleside Cemetery, Barking, at 9.37pm, then got off again three minutes later at Castle Green Park.
She is believed to have been stabbed ‘in the area of Castle Green Park and Krithia Road’.
Police do not have any description of the woman’s attacker, but know some people came to her aid before police arrived. Officers are looking for two women who helped paramedics treat the woman.
DCI Gary Holmes, leading the investigation, said: “We know the woman got off the bus alive and well. She then started walking home and we believe she was attacked almost immediately by someone she did not know.
“There is nothing to suggest why she might have been targeted that night. We are keeping an open mind about a motive.
“This was a brutal and shocking attack and I would appeal for anyone who sw anything suspicious in the area of the park on Monday evening or has any information to come forward as soon as possible.
“I do think someone in the local community will hold the key to this ad have information that could be vital to our investigation.”