Man attacked with machete before falling from height in Wanstead

Man attacked in The Herons, New Wanstead, on Friday January 21 2022

A man suffered a head injury after falling from height in Wanstead last week; enquiries have established that he was attacked with a machete before he fell - Credit: Google Maps

A man was attacked by a machete before falling from height after two men forced entry into a flat in Wanstead.

The Met has confirmed it was called to attend reports of a fall at The Herons, New Wanstead, just after 6pm on Friday (January 21).

Officers found a man in his 60s suffering from a head injury; at the time of writing, his condition remains critical but stable.

A woman also sustained a back injury in the incident, which police believe occurred before she was helped.

Though the Met has not confirmed who helped the woman, a man has reached out to say that it was his son who intervened.

The son - who would like to remain anonymous - sprung to action when he saw the woman "hanging over from the balcony".

Police say her injury has been confirmed as not life-threatening.

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Enquiries have established that two men forced entry into the address, and that the male victim was attacked with a machete before he fell.

The father wanted to highlight the bravery of his son, whose confidence he admitted "can be knocked very easily".

He explained his son - who has learning difficulties - found the situation "very frightening" and has been worried about it since.

"Some people would say that this is nothing special, but [he] handled himself very well."

He wants to show his son that "good things are rewarded," he said.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the incident - no arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone who has information that could help police is asked to call 101 ref CAD 5524/21 Jan.