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Police launch CCTV appeal after teen hit with laughing gas canister

Police are trying to identify a man who struck a teenager over the head with a nitrous oxide canister on Leyton High Road in May

Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police have released CCTV of a man they are trying to identify after a 17-year-old boy was attacked with a laughing gas canister on 12 May.

The victim was walking along Leyton High Road when he was approached by a man who stuck him over the head with a nitrous oxide canister shortly after midnight.

The twelve second CCTV clip, which can be watched on the Metropolitan Police’s website, shows a man wearing a black coat with the hood down and black trousers with white trainers walking down a street.

After the attack the victim was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service where he received treatment for a head injury before being discharged.

An investigation was launched and officers have carried out a number of enquiries to identify the suspect. Police believe the attacker to have been a passenger in a car that pulled up alongside the victim before the attack.

Detective Constable Alexandra Varga, from the local policing team in north-east London, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a young man who was walking home and we are determined to catch the person responsible.

“We have carried out extensive CCTV enquiries and have found footage of the suspect leaving the area after the attack. Whilst I acknowledge the image of the suspect is not clear, I’m hoping somebody will recognise him from the footage we have released.”

Anyone who can help the investigation is asked to call 101 quoting 17/12May. To remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111