Grandad stabbed in frenzied attack outside Woodford Green home

A grandfather-of-four has told of the moment he was stabbed multiple times outside his Woodford Green home.

Doug Slade, of Empress Avenue, was attacked when he returned from a friend’s house at about 10.30pm where he had been playing music.

The 63-year-old said: “I closed the front door of the car and then reached into the back to get my guitar.

“As I did, a hooded figure appeared and I thought he was going to ask me the time or for some directions.

“But he just lunged at me. I thought I was being punched several times but he was stabbing me.”


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Mr Slade suffered punctures to his bicep and cuts to his forearm, chest and face but said adrenaline kicked in and he gave chase to his attacker, who ran towards High Road.

“I got close to him and he half turned around but then I thought better of it because he could have come back at me,” he said.

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Mr Slade added: “I was shouting for help as I was bleeding very badly from my arm.

“The pain was excruciating and breathing became very difficult.”

Neighbours called for an ambulance and Mr Slade was put on a saline drip and taken to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, where he received stitches.

He was kept in overnight and discharged the next day.

Mr Slade described the attack, on July 19, as totally pointless and said he couldn’t understand why it happened.

“This is the first incident like this I’ve ever experienced and hopefully it will be the last,” he said. “Thankfully I’m making a slow and steady recovery and it won’t change my way of life. I’m not going to let them win.”

Mr Slade said the man was black, had a scarf across his face and was wearing a hoodie.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the stabbing to contact Det Con Yasmin Hussain on 020 8345 2722.

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