Christina O’Neill — The Daily Record June 7, 2017
Schools were in lockdown this morning after a female nursery worker was stabbed in a busy street by three women on her way to work.
The trio, dressed in all black, reportedly ‘shouted about Allah’ as they set upon the victim on Wanstead High Street, according to her boss Karrien Stevens.
The victim, aged in her 30s, works at Little Diamonds nursery in north London’s Hermon Hill.
Police say they are not treating it as a terrorist incident.
Karrien said the attackers ran off when a man came to rescue the woman and took her into work.
She said: “She’s okay, considering. Obviously it’s a shock, she’s in shock. She was in tears and she had a cut right up her arm.
“Her stomach was hurting, she had marks all over her, her hair was pulled out.
“Apparently they were shouting parts of the Qur’an saying things like ‘Allah will get you.”
Another colleague said: “They pulled her to the ground, punched her, kicked her. One of them pulled out a knife and cut her arm from her wrist to her elbow.
“The police turned up, the ambulance cleaned her wounds up.”
Local dad Paul Ashmore, 31, a mixing and mastering engineer in South Woodford, said his fiancee and child were held on lockdown at Wanstead Church School, a 30-second walk from the incident.
He said his partner called him to say the school was not allowing anyone to leave “because there was a stabbing outside”, and added that the police did not know “where the persons who did it were”.
They were initially told it was gang-related, he said.
Paul added: “My instant thought was to collect my fiancee and kid and get them to safety not knowing the full extent of what was happening. But I was thinking the worst.
“I instantly, after what has been happening regarding terrorists, thought the worst and informed her I will drive up to collect them.”
The Metropolitan Police confirmed they drove with the victim around the local area to find the assailants but were unsuccessful.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “We were called at 9.36am to reports of a stabbing in Hermon Hill.
“Officers responding to the scene discovered a woman in her 30s who had suffered slash wounds. Her injuries are not life threatening but she has been taken to hospital as a precaution.
“The three suspects fled the scene before police officers arrived and they are still not accounted for.”