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Cyclist attempts to remove woman's clothes after punching her in the head

A cyclist attempted to take a woman's clothes off after punching her in the head on Hackney Marshes in east London.

Google Street View image of Lea Bridge road near Hackney Marshes Credit: Google Street View

The victim, in her 20s, was attacked near Lea Bridge Road yesterday morning. She managed to escape and call police.

The suspect is described as a black man, aged in his 30s with a tall build.

We are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone who recognises the description of the suspect, to call us. Any information they have could be of use to our investigation.

– Detective Sergeant Jeremy McDermott, Met Police

Anyone with information can call police on 020 8217 7408 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Thief runs off with woman's purse as she helps stranger hit by a car

A woman had her purse stolen after rushing to help a stranger who was hit by a car.

The cold-hearted thief took the wallet from a plastic bag which Ilona Alisauskaite dropped by the roadside as she went to help Asha Sadnani.

Ilona, 31, dashed to stop the bleeding after seeing Asha get hit by the car in Barking, east London.

It all happened so fast. The car hit her, and I went to her and phoned the ambulance.

They said I couldn't put the phone down and told me to hold her head to stop it bleeding.

When the police came, I looked around for my plastic bag and a lady said a man had taken it.

– Ilona Alisauskaite

Asha, from Barking, escaped with minor injuries and has thanked Waitrose worker Ilona for her help.

She was there for me, she called the ambulance and tried to keep me awake.

I think it's absolutely disgusting that her purse was taken.

– Asha Sadnani

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