CCTV released by police searching for Westminster slasher

Police have released footage of the moment a man slices an unsuspecting woman across the bottom during a late night attack in Westminster before casually strolling off.

CCTV images from the Metropolitan Police show the man step up behind the victim, a woman in her 20s, while she searches for something in her bag outside a flat on Craven Terrace on Sunday October 28.

CCTV image of the attacker
CCTV image of the attacker

The suspect, who is wearing a hat, appears behind the woman and then reaches out with his left hand, clearly catching the victim on the bottom.

She is seen to spin around and grab the point of contact, by which time the suspect – who has barely broken stride – has fled the scene.

Scotland Yard said the assault caused a superficial wound which required medical attention at hospital.

Police believe the incident was a random attack and are urging anyone who can identify the man featured in the CCTV to come forward.

He is believed to be of medium-to-tall build and was wearing a big jacket at the time of the assault.

Detective Constable Yousuf Bhamjee said: "This assault has had a significant impact on the victim. I am appealing for anyone with information to get in touch with us on 020 7321 7620."