Man attempts to cut woman’s throat outside Plumstead supermarket

15:47 05 September 2013


A woman was stabbed in the leg in south east London this morning by a man who grabbed her from behind and attempted to cut her throat.

The victim, who is now recovering in hospital, had just left the Co-op supermarket in Plumstead Common Road and had started walking across the common when her attacker struck.

Salesman Matthew Hines, who works at nearby Carpet Corner, said police had told supermarket staff about the attack.

He said: “A young woman was walking across the common and a man walked up behind her and tried to slit her throat, failed miserably and then stabbed her. He then jumped on a bus with the knife in his hand.”

Scotland Yard said a 47-year-old man was arrested on a bus on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery and is currently being held at a police station in south London.

The woman, said to be about 30-years-old, was attacked at around 9.50am and was taken to hospital with two potentially life-threatening stab wounds to the leg.

A paramedic and a doctor from London’s Air Ambulance treated the woman at the scene for stab wounds and she was taken to hospital by land ambulance.

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