Video footage has been released showing a young thug slash a man's face with a knife in Ealing, west London. The Met Police released the CCTV footage after the victim – a 21-year-old man – was assaulted shortly before 6.30pm on 1 May Shadwell Drive in Northolt.

The man was standing on the road when he was approached by a group of men on bicycles.

One of the men attacked the victim, slashing him across the left side of his face causing a deep cut. The men then rode off.

The victim went to an east London hospital and received stitches to the injury on his left cheek.

CCTV outside a nearby address caught the moment the victim was attacked by the suspect.

The suspect is described as a black man wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper and a black jacket.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the man, or who witnessed the attack. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Violent crimes against people in Ealing rose by almost 1,000 (11%) over the last year when there were 9,441 offences in the 12 months to June compared to 8,460 over the same period the year before.

Ealing face slash
Police are appealing for information after a man had his face slashed in Ealing, west London