Police appeal following pensioner stabbing in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 16:39 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:53 07 July 2017

Detective Inspector John Hazeldine has appealed for witnesses this afternoon

Detective Inspector John Hazeldine has appealed for witnesses this afternoon


A police chief has this afternoon appealed for witnesses after a man in his 90s was stabbed in a park.

The pensioner was stabbed in the back twice while sitting on a bench in Potters Bar’s Oakmere Park, near the basketball pitch and The Grove entrance.

Following the attack at around 1.30pm, the park was cordoned off to allow investigations to take place, and a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH earlier today.

Detective Inspector John Hazeldine, who is investigating, said: “This incident occurred on a sunny afternoon when I’m sure there were several people enjoying the nice weather in the park.

“I’m appealing to anyone who was in the park yesterday and witnessed this incident to get in touch as you may have information that could assist the investigation.

“I would also like to speak to anyone who saw a man acting suspiciously and running from the park via the The Grove exit.

“This type of crime is extremely unusual in Potters Bar and there was a significant police response following the incident.

“The victim currently remains in hospital where he is recovering from his injuries.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference J3/17/944.

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