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79-year old attacked suffers fractured hip & laceration to his head

Can you help detectives in their appeal for information after a man aged 79 was left with a substantial laceration to his head and a fractured hip following an attack on New Year’s Eve in Archway.

Detectives have today released a CCTV still of the man they would now like to trace in connection with the incident.

Met Police responded to an emergency call by the London Ambulance Service at approximately 14:50hrs on 31 December 2017 to reports of an altercation in Highgate Hill.

Both the victim and the suspect had been in a nearby McDonalds restaurant near to the Archway underground tube station they exchanged brief words before the suspect left.

As the 79-year-old left he walked towards Holloway Road approximately two metres from the exit to McDonald’s the suspect has turned around and approached the victim

The elderly man was punched in the face and fell to the ground, with the suspect making off in the direction of in the direction of Holloway Road and Archway Underground Station.

The elderly man was taken to hospital having suffered a deep laceration across his forehead and a fracture hip.

The suspect is described as a white man, of average build, aged between 30 and 40 years old. He has short dark hair with a receding hairline.

Detective Constable Darren Burt, of the Central North Command Unit, said: “This appears to have been a completely unprovoked attack on an innocent man, whose life may now be changed forever due to his injuries.

“Over a month later, the victim is still in hospital following hip surgery. We urge anyone who recognises this man or has any information to come forward and contact police.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting CAD 4091/31 December. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org

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