Hyde Park ‘stabbing’: Woman wearing a Charlie Hebdo t-shirt ‘slashed with a knife’ at Speakers Corner

Police are appealing for witnesses following a stabbing by Hyde Park which left a woman with a slash injury to her head.

Officers were called just after 3.30pm on Sunday July, 25, to reports of an assault at Speakers’ Corner and found a 39-year-old woman suffering from a minor slash injury to her head.

She was treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) before being taken to a hospital in central London.

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The Metropolitan Police have said her injuries are not life-threatening.

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In widely shared social media footage, someone dressed in a hooded black outfit approaches the woman, who is wearing a Charlie Hebdo t-shirt, and makes contact with her before running away.

The 39-year-old victim was seen clutching her right hand close to her body following the “distressing incident”.

After a search of the area, police officers found a knife nearby.

Police based in Westminster are working alongside colleagues from the Royal Parks OCU to investigate and identify the person responsible.

There have been no arrests made so far.

Police enquiries continue so anyone with information is urged to contact police via 101 or @MetCC quoting reference Cad 4376/25Jul.

Alternatively, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Detective Superintendent Alex Bingley, from the Central West Command Unit, which covers policing in Westminster, said: “This was clearly a very distressing incident for the woman involved and officers have spent time with her, whilst she was being treated for her injury, to get an account of what happened.

“We know that this assault was witnessed by a number of people, many of whom captured it on their phones. I would ask them, if they have not already done so, to contact police.

“We remain in the early stages of our investigation and are working hard to trace the person responsible. I would ask people not to speculate on the motive for the attack until we have established the full facts.”

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