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Man's arm broken in South Oxhey attack that may have been case of mistaken identity
5:00pm Tuesday 4th September 2012 in News
A hammer-attack in South Oxhey that left a man with a broken arm may have been a case of mistaken identity.
Just after midnight on Wednesday, August 8, a 46-year-old man from the estate was walking along Hayling Road, near the junction with Ashburnham Drive.
He turned around after hearing someone shout "Tony" or "Tom" and was hit in the arm with a hammer.
The attacker then ran towards a nearby car and drove off, leaving the victim to walk to the phone booth in Hallowes Crescent to call a taxi to the hospital.
The man has only just reported the incident to the police.
He described his attacker as white, in his 50s, and between 5ft 11ins to 6ft tall. He had a stocky build with a bald head, a large round face and grey stubble.
Detective constable Caroline Bright said: "The victim has a badly broken arm as a result of the incident which will take approximately a year to recover.
"We believe this was probably a case of mistaken identity so I’d be extremely keen to find out who was responsible."
Police believe there were several cars and people in the area picking up takeaways from Wok N Bowl and the South Oxhey Fish and Chip Shop in Hallowes Crescent.
DC Bright added: "I’d like to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time or who can provide information about who Tom or Tony might be."
If you have information you can telephone the police on 101, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.