Ap­peal af­ter vi­o­lent as­sault

Po­lice want to trace 32-year-old man

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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