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Police appeal over attempted murder of London teacher

Police have appealed for witnesses to the attempted murder of a teacher in east London.

The 37-year-old teacher at a school in Bow was violently assaulted and robbed on Monday 12 July.

Officers were called at 0820 BST to reports of the man being assaulted at the junction of St Paul's Way and Locksley Street in Tower Hamlets.

The "highly-respected teacher" remains at an east London hospital in a serious but stable condition, police said.

Black bandanas

Police said they were particularly interested in hearing from anyone who had information on five Asian males who were seen to run off from the railway arch along Locksley Street.

The men wore black bandanas over their faces and were thought to be aged between 18 and 20 years old.

Det Insp Des McHugh said: "This was a very violent assault on an innocent member of the public in an area not known for this type of crime."

He added: "Was there an event on the Sunday night that caused the attackers to be in the area on the Monday morning?"

The teacher has suffered a large cut to the face and head injuries.

Police believe that a rucksack and mobile phone were stolen.

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