Elderly jogger hospitalised after unprovoked attack in Goodmayes

Eastern Avenue, Goodmayes, westbound, just after the junction with Barley Lane. Picture: Google Maps

Eastern Avenue, Goodmayes, westbound, just after the junction with Barley Lane. Picture: Google Maps - Credit: Google Maps

A 73-year-old jogger remains in hospital, in a serious but stable condition, one week after an unprovoked assault in Eastern Avenue, Goodmayes.

Raghbir Singh, of Blythswood Road, Goodmayes, ran the same early morning route everyday.

Just after 4am on June 30 he was jogging past the junction with Barley Lane when a man assaulted him from behind.

Mr Singh was knocked unconscious and left by the attacker, who walked back to Barley Lane.

London Ambulance Service attended and took Mr Singh to Queen’s Hospital in Romford, where he remains.


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Mr Singh’s daughter, Raj Bolina, said: “It was my brother who realised at about 7am that our father had not come home.

“He went to King George’s Hospital and to the police, but no one had any information.”

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The pair discovered what had happened at around 9am.

Mrs Bolina, 46, of Goodmayes Lane, added: “He was in intensive care, they said it was not life threatening, but life changing.

“The doctors said the reason he survived was because he was so healthy, he went running every day unless it rained.

“My mother, my brother and I are going through a very distressing time, we don’t know why someone would do this to him.”

A 41 year-old man has been arrested in connection with this investigation on suspicion of GBH .

Anyone with information about this incident should contact detectives at Redbridge CID on 020 8345 1624, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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