Rachel Burford, Daily Mail, June 7, 2017
A nursery worker was left with broken ribs after she was kicked to the ground and slashed with a Stanley knife by three women chanting ‘Allah will get you’.
Karrien Stevens, who runs Little Diamonds Nursery in Hermon Hill, London said a member of staff was punched, kicked and slashed with a ‘Stanley knife’ while on her way to work this morning.
The victim, named as Katie, was walking down Wanstead High Street, in north-east London, when she was set upon and knifed, according to her boss.
She was attacked from behind and then stabbed in the arm as her assailants chanted ‘Allah’, however police are not treating it as a terrorist incident.
Nearby schools sent out emails telling parents they were on ‘lockdown’ after the attack at about 9.30am.
The nursery boss said the victim, who is in her 30s, described the attackers as ‘Asian girls’. They ran off when a man came to the rescue and walked her to her workplace.
‘After it happened she was very shook up, very emotional, but she’s in hospital now,’ Ms Stevens said.
‘She’s had stitches and had some cracked ribs but she’ll be fine, she’s going to be discharged later today.’
Ms Stevens said she believed the attackers were strangers and the assault was unprovoked.
She said: ‘It was just a random attack, she was walking down by the station and they came up behind her and attacked her.
‘She described it as a Stanley knife that they used to slash her arm from her wrist to her elbow.
‘She wasn’t wearing a school uniform or anything to provoke anyone, she has idea why they did it.’
She added: ‘When she got to work we couldn’t believe it and called the police straight away. It’s terrible, I’m absolutely horrified. You don’t expect something like this to happen on your doorstep.’
A colleague, who did not want to be named, said the victim had ‘three Asian girls behind her chanting the Koran and ‘Allah”.
She added: ‘They pulled her to the ground, punched her, kicked her. One of them pulled out a knife and cut her arm from her wrist to her elbow. The police turned up, the [paramedics] cleaned her wounds up.
‘She’s okay, considering. Obviously it’s a shock, she’s in shock. She was in tears and she had a cut right up her arm.
‘Her stomach was hurting, she had marks all over her, her hair was pulled out.’
The victim, described as a white woman, was attacked by the three girls ‘dressed all in black’ less than 10 minutes’ walk from the nursery.
Paul Ashmore, 31, a mixing and mastering engineer in South Woodford, said his fiancee and child were held on lockdown at Wanstead Church School, a 30-second walk away.
He said his fiancee called him to say the school was not allowing anyone to leave ‘because there was a stabbing outside’, and added that the police did not know ‘where the persons who did it were’.
They were initially told it was gang-related, he said.
‘My instant thought was to collect my fiancee and kid and get them to safety not knowing the full extent of what was happening. But I was thinking the worst.
‘I instantly, after what has been happening regarding terrorists, thought the worst and informed her I will drive up to collect them,’ Mr Ashmore said
A Metropolitan Police spokesman could not confirm if the force were investigating a hate crime or whether the attackers were known to the victim.
The nursery boss described the attackers as ‘Asian girls’ and said they ran off when a man came to rescue and took her into work
He added that the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command was aware of the assault but is not investigating ‘at this time’.
Officers drove the victim around the area in an attempt to find the perpetrators but no arrests have been made.
A spokesman for the London Ambulance service said: ‘We sent an ambulance crew to the scene, arriving in under six minutes.
‘We treated a woman and the scene and took her to a hospital in east London.’