Police launch hate crime probe into Wanstead stabbing ‘by women shouting about Allah’

Police have launched a hate crime probe after a nursery worker was beaten and stabbed by three women who were reportedly shouting about Allah.

Emergency services were scrambled shortly after 9.30am on Wednesday after the victim, aged in her 30s, was set upon while walking from Wanstead station to Little Diamonds nursery on Hermon Hill.

The attackers are said to have come up behind her before shoving her to the ground and punching and kicking her.

The woman was also cut on the hand with a knife, police said.

Karrien Stevens, who runs Little Diamonds nursery on Hermon Hill where the victim works, claimed to the Standard the three attackers were “chanting the Koran”.

She said: “A staff member was coming to work when three Asian girls came up behind her chanting the Koran.

“They pulled her to the ground, kicking and punching her. One of them got the knife out and cut her arm.

“They were shouting about Allah, that and the Koran.”

The three suspects fled before police arrived.

The victim was taken to an east London hospital for treatment before being discharged.

A Met spokesman said: “As a result of comments made during the attack, police are treating this as a hate crime.  

“No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 020 8345 2711 or contact via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. 

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