[from Islington Gazette]
Arsenal fan scarred for life in attack
28 November 2007
AN ARSENAL fan was scarred for life when he was slashed across the face in a vicious attack. Hours earlier, another man was beaten and thrown through a shop window just yards away.
Both attacks happened on Saturday in Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park – a “no man’s land” on the border of Islington, Hackney and Haringey that earlier this year was plagued by a similar spate of violence.
One shopkeeper, who did not want to be named, said: “I call it the forgotten road because the police don’t seem to care. The level of lawlessness is astonishing. It’s because it’s on the border and it’s like a no man’s land.”
The first attack saw an East African looking man beaten up and thrown through the window of Rais Newsagents at about 4pm. Three hours later, three men were walking home from an Arsenal match when one of them bumped into someone. An argument broke out and the 38-year-old victim from Hertfordshire ended up being slashed from his left cheek to his chin.
The attacker was a bearded 6ft tall Asian or Arab man in traditional Muslim dress.