Man in 90s stabbed twice at park in broad daylight attack
PUBLISHED: 11:17 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 10 July 2017
A man in his 90s was stabbed twice in the back in what police believe was a random unprovoked attack at a 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.
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.”
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.”