Appeal after violent assault
Police want to trace 32-year-old man
HILLINGDON detectives have released an image of a man they are trying to trace after a violent assault in Cowley.
John Donovan, 32, who is from the Hillingdon area, is wanted by police in connection with the incident, which left the shopkeeper victim in a serious condition.
Police were called after the assault at a shop in Moorfield Road, Cowley, at 8.17pm on Monday June 6.
A man entered the shop and picked up two bottles before attempting to walk out without paying for them.
The shopkeeper, a 56-year- old man, challenged the man – but was then assaulted by the man who struck him with the bottles.
Police cordoned off the parade and the victim was taken to a west London hospital by London Ambulance Service for treatment for serious head and facial injuries. He remains there in a serious condition.
The violence comes shortly after an explosion just streets away in Cowley, when cars burst into flames during the early hours of the morning.
Leading the investigation, Detective Sergeant Pete Boyd, Hillingdon CID, said: “This was a particularly vicious assault which has left the victim with significant and lasting injuries.
“I am appealing to anyone who knows the whereabouts of John Donovan to contact police as we urgently need to speak to him about attack.”
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact DS Boyd on 020 8246 this 1732 quoting ref: 0911344/16 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Any direct sightings of John Donovan, should be reported by dialling 999.
n CORDONED OFF: The parade in Moorfield Road, Cowley, where the shopkeeper was attacked
n SEARCH: Police are seeking help to find John Donovan in relation to a vicious assault