Jan 9 2013 By Michael Russell
A KNIFE WIELDING thug shocked bystanders when he stabbed a man in a busy street before calmly walking off and catching a bus.
The attacker drew the weapon in the middle of a fight which broke out at about 9am this morning.
Bipin Patel saw the attack, which broke out near a bus stop outside The Gym in Uxbridge Road, West Ealing.
The shop assistant at Tozerplan Ealing Boards and Timber opposite the scene, said: "I was loading a customers car and I saw these two guys holding each other.
"I thought they were just messing about but after a few seconds they started fighting, throwing punches at each other.
"They came out into the middle of the road and a car had to swerve to avoid them I thought they were going to get run over.
"They came back to the pavement and the white guy fell down and the black guy was punching and kicking him.
"For a split second I saw something in the black guy's hand, he pushed into the guy on the floor and walked off. He went to the next bust stop, a bus came and he got on.
The white guy got up, took his top off and there was a patch of blood on his t-shirt at his lower back
"Only a couple of weeks ago someone else got stabbed and someone else got shot further down the road. This area is getting worse. Something needs to be done. I don't understand why there isn't CCTV around here. Then they could see what he looked like and what bus he got on.
Wahied Nabizada, owner of Soapy Suds laundrette nearby agreed action needed to be taken to curb rising violent crime in the area.
He said: "I've been here for about seven years. A lot of bad things have happened in the past two to three years. Before that it was ok.
"There was the shooting three weeks ago and another one about a year before that and the killing in the park (Dean Gardens). "A customer told me about robberies in West Ealing Broadway last month where they threw eggs at his wife to confuse her and take her bag.
"It's worrying. It's not good for businesses or the people who live here."
Borough commander Andy Rowell said the stabbing was not connected to the recent attacks.
He said: "We are not looking for anyone else other than this suspect and we certainly don't think we have a lone, dangerous knifeman on the loose.
"This was a dispute between the two parties who are known to each other."
The knifeman is black, early 20s, about 5ft 10ins and well built. He wore a grey hoody, blue tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.