Nursery worker stabbed in Wanstead by three women

The junction of Hermon Hill and High Street, in Wanstead. Picture: Google

The junction of Hermon Hill and High Street, in Wanstead. Picture: Google - Credit: Archant

A nursery worker was stabbed by three women on a busy high street this morning.

Karrien Stevens, who runs Little Diamonds nursery in Hermon Hill, confirmed that one of her staff was slashed by three women while on her way to work from Wanstead High Street.

While the woman waited at the junction with Hermon Hill at 9.30am, she was attacked from behind by the trio, according to Ms Stevens.

The Met have confirmed that Counter Terrorism Command were aware of the incident but were not leading the investigation.

The nursery director said they then pulled the woman to the ground and stabbed her in the arm before running off down the street.

After being seen by paramedics, the victim was escorted round the local area to help spot her assailants but was unsuccessful.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “We were called at 9.36am to reports of a stabbing in Hermon Hill.

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“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.”

Ms Stevens told the Recorder: “It’s scary that something like this can happen right in front of your doorstep.

“What is going on at the moment out there? It’s ridiculous. I don’t know what these people were hoping to achieve.”

Some schools reportedly stopped children from going outside earlier today.

A Redbridge Council spokeswoman said: “Redbridge Council were advised of a reported stabbing in the north of the borough this morning.

“We informed schools and early years providers of this incident and advised them to take precautions to keep children safe until we could clarify the situation. We have now given them updated information and advice.”