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Oak Hill Park stabbing 'uncharacteristic' of East Barnet
A random stabbing at a popular family park is “uncharacteristic” of the area, according to a local councillor.
A 42-year-old man was attacked by a man in his late teens as he walked with his young son through Oak Hill Park, East Barnet, on Monday evening.
The victim suffered stab wounds to the shoulder blade and arm in the unprovoked assault but took himself to hospital where he was discharged soon after receiving treatment.
Councillor Robert Rams, a Conservative representative for the area, said he was disappointed to hear about the incident.
He said: “This appears to just be a random attack and is very uncharacteristic of East Barnet. The park is generally a safe place and it remains a jewel in Barnet’s crown.
“I haven’t seen any concern in the community about the incident but I’m disappointed this has happened.
“People should continue to use the park and should be encouraged to do so.”
The stabbing comes two months after a man was reported to police for indecently exposing himself to a 39-year-old woman as she walked through the park.
The suspect in the latest incident was described as black, 5ft 11ins tall, of stocky build and aged between 17 and 19 with short black hair. He spoke with a London accent and was carrying a heavy-looking white rucksack.
Anyone with information can call Barnet Police on the non-emergency number 101 or telephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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