Man in 90s stabbed twice at park in broad daylight attack

PUBLISHED: 11:17 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 10 July 2017

Police at the scene in Potters Bar's Oakmere Park.

Police at the scene in Potters Bar's Oakmere Park.

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A man in his 90s was stabbed twice in the back in what police believe was a random unprovoked attack at a park.

Police cordoned off the entire park.Police cordoned off the entire park.

Officers were called to Oakmere Park in Potters Bar yesterday at around 1.54pm to reports that the pensioner had been assaulted near the basketball pitch and The Grove entrance.

A police spokeswoman said he suffered puncture wounds to his back after being stabbed with what is believed to be a knife, before being taken to hospital by land ambulance.

The man is currently in a stable condition, but nobody has been arrested.

Around a dozen police cars surrounded the park, with officers cordoning it off for several hours as investigations took place.

Police at the scene in Potters Bar's Oakmere Park.Police at the scene in Potters Bar's Oakmere Park.

Numerous residents also reported seeing a helicopter circling around the area, which was later confirmed to be an air ambulance.

Ken Winchester, who lives in Tempest Avenue near the park, said: “We had grandchildren in there yesterday, so you wouldn’t like to think there is someone out there with a knife or other sharp object.”

Chase Avenue resident Dan Ruge-Cope said he was “shocked” and “worried” to hear that such a brutal attack occurred so close to home, particularly as Oakmere is generally considered a safe family park.

Fellow Chase Avenue resident Joan Wright added: “That is terrible. I walk my dog in there every day. I saw a helicopter but I do not know if that was anything to do with it.”

Police cordoned off the entire park.Police cordoned off the entire park.

The police spokeswoman said: “Police are working to establish the exact circumstances surrounding this incident and anyone with information is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference J3/17/944.”

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