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New CCTV footage released in appeal to trace man wanted in connection with assault on pensioner.

Detectives in Westminster appealing for information after a 64-year-old motorist was left facing blindness after he was brutally attacked in his own car have released new CCTV footage.

The unprovoked assault occurred at 03:10hrs on Wednesday, 2 July in in Fermoy Road as the pensioner made his way to morning prayers at Regent Park Mosque during Ramadan.

The victim was driving along Fermoy Road and had stopped at 'Give Way' line on the junction with Harrow Road when he noticed a man and a woman arguing in the street.

At that point the man who was arguing with the woman shouted to the victim "What are you looking at?"

The victim replied, he was looking at the road. The suspect suddenly rushed towards his car, before leaning in and punching the victim repeatedly in the face.

The woman with the suspect then shouted for him to stop punching the victim. They both headed off east down Harrow Road soon after.

The entire attack has been captured on CCTV footage and officers have released new footage of the man and woman walking away from the assault.

London Ambulance Service were called and took the victim to a north London hospital.

The victim has suffered a fractured eye socket, severe bruising and blurred vision.

As the risk was so high, the man arranged to meet his family abroad before the operation in case he lost his sight as a result of the procedure.

He has now had the operation and his eye socket has been rebuilt with a metal plate. He still does not know whether he will lose his sight.

The suspect is described as of Middle Eastern origin, with short dark hair and approximately 25 years old. The woman he was with is described as white and of slim build.

Police are particularly keen to trace a witness who saw the attack and is shown on his mobile phone in the footage. The woman seen with the man carrying out the attack is also sought by investigators.

Detective Constable Nikki Hubbard, from Westminster Major Crime Unit, said: "This was a brutal and unprovoked attack on a defenceless man going about his business. As well as the terrifying assault, the victim is now facing the real prospect of losing his eyesight. He arranged to meet his family before his eye procedure as this may be the last opportunity he ever gets to see them. This is a horrible crime and we need to identify and catch the culprit. I would urge anyone with information to contact Westminster Major Crime Unit on 020 7321 7620 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."