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19 December 2016, 07:37
Police have released CCTV of the incident as they appeal for help from the public to catch the attacker.
A 50-year-old man was stabbed 10 times during the incident in Barking that police have called “frenzied and unprovoked”.
The violent attack on the married father-of-two happened on Pelham Avenue around 9:45pm on Friday, 28 October. The man was walking home from a social club when another man snuck up behind him and started stabbing in him before running off along Sterry Road towards Denham Way.
The victim was able to stagger a short distance further before he collapsed, he was then discovered by his wife.
Police arrived at the scene to administer first aid before the man was taken to hospital in critical condition by London Ambulance. The victim spent two days in a coma and several weeks in hospital recovering from the horrific, life threatening injuries.
Detective Constable Roxanne Dawe, from Barking and Dagenham CID, said: "This was an incredibly violent attack on a married father-of-two who was just walking home after a night out as he did every Friday.
"He had not had an argument or a dispute with anyone that night and we can find no motive at all for what happened. Nothing was stolen from him.
"We hope the release of CCTV footage showing what happened will prompt someone to come forward with information.”
Police are now seeking a suspect aged 20 to 30-year-old, wearing dark hooded top, light-coloured trousers and light trainers.
If you have any information about this incident you can call Dagenham CID 020 3276 1096. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.