‘I didn’t see anything. I heard the lady that was going into the hospital. I could hear them shouting or crying. I’ve lived here 50 years and I’ve never heard anything like that.’ said a neighbor.
Police descended on the scene a short while after the attack and used up to four vans to cordon off the road.
Detectives from Havering Borough are appealing for witnesses following the incident.
The suspect is described as a white, short, about 20 years old, wearing black clothing and spoke with a ‘foreign’ accent.
Officers said that they are keeping an ‘open mind’ regarding the motive.
Detective Constable Paul Swift from Romford CID said: ‘This was a cowardly attack during which the victim suffered substantial injuries and I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this offence, seen a male loitering around the area before the incident occurred or has knowledge of this matter to come forward.’