Grandfather describes terrifying hammer attack in Thamesmead tower block

Dexter House in Kale Road, Thamesmead.

The footprint and hammer mark on the victim's back.

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

A grandfather has described the terrifying moment he was kicked, punched, chocked and robbed for just £4 in a Thamesmead tower block stairwell.

The 42-year-old was walking down to the second floor of Dexter House in Kale Road at around 4pm on Thursday when the incident occurred.

The man, who didn't want to be named has lived in the area for a decade, said he was hit on the shoulder with a hammer, stamped on and suffered concussion.

He told News Shopper: "The lift was broken and the lights were not working in the stairwell, then out of nowhere this man in a ski mask lurched at me and said 'give me your money'.

"We started wrestling with each other ended up falling down the stairs, I thought if I am going to get injured so is he.

"Then a second man appeared out of nowhere and started kicking and punching me.

"The first man was holding the hammer and hit me across the shoulder.

"They then got me in a choke hold and dragged me up the stairs, I have a footprint on my back from when they were kicking me.

"I thought that was it, game over, but then a neighbour distracted them and they ran off."

As well as the cash the robbers made off with the victim's mobile phone and house keys.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the assault.

The victim was treated by the London Ambulance Service and spent the night at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital in Woolwich getting treated.

He added: "We have just had new security fencing put up to stop this kind of thing happening and it's not working.

"I am disgusted by the whole incident, anyone can get in the building and it's not good enough."

The first man is believed to be a black male, aged 18 to 25, who spoke with a Caribbean accent.

He was wearing a grey hockey mask, grey hoodie with the hood up and jogging bottoms and believed to be wearing gloves.

There is no description for the second man and officers from Bexley CID are investigating.

There have been no arrests.

Call Bexley Police CID on 101.

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