DETECTIVES probing an alleged assault which could leave the victim scarred for life have arrested a 57-year-old man.
Police are appealing for information following a serious assault in Harrow that left a man in hospital with severe facial injuries.
A witness described how an employee at the premises came staggering out of the Raja Salon in Village Way East on Monday May 19 at 1.50pm.
Kevin Smith, a 48-year-old Neighbourhood Champion and owner of Youens tile shop next door said: “I was out the front of my shop when this guy came stumbling out of the barbers with his hand over his head and there was blood everywhere. We were out the front but hadn’t heard anything before that. He came stumbling out and it transpired there was a big gash on his head, someone said later there was one on his neck as well. I took him back in to the barbers and put some towels on his head to keep a compress on it.”
A man, aged 50, was found with serious facial injuries believed to have been inflicted with a knife.
He was taken to a west London hospital by the London Ambulance Service and is in a non-life-threatening condition.
Acting Detective Sergeant James Griffin said: “This was a very serious attack that has left the victim with wounds that are likely to scar him for the rest of his life. I would encourage anyone who saw what happened or who has information about the incident to call officers as soon as possible.”
Police believe there was an altercation between the victim and another man before he received his injuries.
On Tuesday a 57-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
He is currently in custody at a north-west London police station.
Mr Smith helped the alleged victim and said: “The man didn’t really know what was going on. He didn’t speak very good English. He came out of the barbers so I just pushed him back inside until the ambulance arrived. There wasn’t anyone else in there, something must have happened at the back of the shop.”
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting CRIS 2006059/14 or, to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.