But that doesn’t scan so well…
A tree surgeon was recovering in hospital today after being stabbed in the head by a woman during a row over his work.By a woman..?
Whew! Safety first, eh?
The 48-year-old was attacked after he asked the woman to stay clear from council workmen cutting branches in Chiswick High Road. They had cordoned off an area around Prebend Mansions to protect the public when she tried to barge through.
One of the tree surgeons told her to stay clear for her safety but she pushed past him.
The woman then returned 45 minutes later with a nine-inch kitchen knife and brought it down on the tree surgeon's head.
The victim's co-workers believe the hard hat he was wearing took the brunt of the attack and might have saved his life.
Ian Darvill who was also supervising foot traffic beneath the tree said the woman was intent on doing maximum harm to her victim.When they catch her, bet her defence is that she didn’t…
So, any clues to the identity of this woman?
Mr Darvill said he and his colleague had asked the woman to wait for just a few seconds while large branches were cut down.Hmmmm….
"We were just asking her to wait for a few seconds while branches fell down.
"She started hurling abuse at us saying I can walk where I want innit and that sort of thing."
"She was absolutely crazy. She knew what she was doing when she came back with the knife but she was definitely a crackpot."OK, here’s the bit I don’t get. Several – presumably quite physically robust, given the profession – men allow a woman to walk away after stabbing one of their colleagues?
A witness said: "The woman attacked him with the knife and then calmly walked away."
Is this totally-unjustified chivalry, or are we really down to the stage where people won’t even defend themselves from obvious criminals because of the fear of retaliation from their identity group, or police enthusiasm for arresting the victim?
Great description! Now, if only she isn’t smart enough to remove the hat…
Superintendent Paul Martin, deputy borough commander, said the workman suffered a fractured skull and was in stable condition.
Police are hunting a black woman, aged about 30, about 5ft 8in tall and wearing a hat.