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Church school 'lockdown' as nursery worker slashed

Thu 08 Jun 2017
By Alex Williams

A father has told of how a knife attack on a street in east London prompted a lockdown at a nearby Christian school.

A nursery worker was slashed with a knife by three women in Wanstead on Wednesday as she walked from the railway station to a nursery where she worked.

Paul Ashmore, a 31 year old from South Woodford mixing and mastering engineer in South Woodford, said his fiancee and child were both caught up in a lockdown.

He said: "My instant thought was to collect my fiancee and kid and get them to safety not knowing the full extent of what was happening. But I was thinking the worst."

The victim of the attack, a white woman aged in her 30s, was attacked by three Asian women dressed all in black and shouting "Allah", according to a colleague at Little Diamonds nursery.


Karrien Stevens, the operations manager, said: "They pulled her to the ground, punched her, kicked her. One of them pulled out a knife and cut her arm from her wrist to her elbow."

"She is shaken up, she's emotionally a bit of a wreck, they did scare her, but she is OK, she is a strong staff member."

Stevens also said the worker did not know her attackers, adding that they fled the scene when a passer-by intervened. No arrests have been made.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Counter-terror officers are aware of the incident but it is not being treated as terrorism at this stage."

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "It's early days yet but the police are taking it very seriously. Various lines of inquiries are being followed. And I'm confident that justice will be done."

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