Man found after suffering serious burns to his torso

Police in Hackney are urging the public to assist them as they attempt to find out how a man found in the street came to suffer burn injuries.

Bilel Ayadi, 34, was found suffering burns to his torso and neck in Woodberry Grove, N4 just after 23:00hrs on Monday, 23 March.

He remains in a medically induced coma at a west London hospital and, up until now, has not been able to provide any information about what happened to him.

Officers have now managed to establish the route that Bilel walked prior to where he was found in Woodberry Grove.

A CCTV camera pictured Bilel walking in Broad Lane, N15 at around 22:30hrs on 23 March. In the picture, Bilel is not wearing a top and is walking down the street bare-chested.

He walked south on Broad Lane towards Seven Sisters tube station before he crossed High Road (A10) and walked down Seven Sisters Road.

Bilel walked down Seven Sisters Road to Manor House tube station, turned right into Green Lanes and right again into Woodberry Grove. He was spotted by two security guards who called police and the London Ambulance Service to the scene.

DC Anwen Clissold of Hackney CID leads the investigation. She said:

“I am appealing to anyone who saw Bilel that night, or knows how he sustained his injuries, to come forward and speak to police.

“Bilel would have been very distinctive given that he was bare-chested while walking through north London for two miles. It may well be that he was already injured as he made his way through the streets.

“We are still trying to establish what has caused his burns but what we do know is that a young man has sustained some very serious injuries – I need to find out how.”

Officers are still trying to trace a person [no further details] who is believed to have spoken with Bilel on Seven Sisters Road, opposite the junction with Amhurst Park.

Bilel is an Algerian national who has lived in the UK for around six years. He has been resident in the N15 area of South Tottenham for that last one-and-a-half years. Bilel is approximately 5ft 11inches tall and of medium build. He has recently been suffering from depression but was not believed to have been prescribed any medication.

His brother, Abderrezak Ayadi, appealed for anyone with information to come forward. He said:

“Bilel is my brother and at this moment he is lying in hospital with terrible injuries. Imagine if this was someone from your family? We just need to find out exactly what happened to him. If you have any information, please call the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hackney Police on 101 quoting CAD6543/29MARCH15.