An elderly woman has become the latest victim of a violent crime wave sweeping the capital after she was left fighting for her life following a street attack.
The 80-year-old woman was pushed over and suffered a serious head injury at around 2pm on Saturday afternoon outside a north London petrol station.
She was walking along Camden Road outside an Esso station when she was attacked.
The victim was rushed to hospital and remains in a critical condition, police say.
A man who works near the scene said: “We heard it was an elderly woman who was assaulted and the sadly passed away, but that night not be the case. It’s very sad.”
Police are reviewing CCTV from a nearby Tesco Express.
A neighbour who lives near to the police cordon of a small section of the pavement said: “We heard someone was assaulted.
“They’re just scumbags, how could any do that to an 80-year-old woman?”
Another neighbour added: “It’s very frightening, I have kids and you want to know what’s going on on your doorstep.
“It’s a little bit close to home.”
The Met Police say a man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder as officers continue to investigate.
A spokesman for the forces said: “Police were called at approximately 2.15pm on Saturday, 31 March to reports of a woman being pushed over on Camden Road.
“An 80-year-old woman was taken to a central London hospital where she remains in a critical condition.
“A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
“He remains in custody. Enquiries continue.”
Kentish Town police tweeted: “Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance after an
elderly female received a serious head injury outside Tesco’s petrol station on
“This occurred on Saturday 31st March 2018 at around 2.15pm and also involved a male who has since been arrested.
“The female, who is in her late 80s, is currently in a critical condition at a hospital in central London.”