Monday, April 7, 2014

UK: Three UAE Shoppers Attacked with Hammer at London's Four-Star Cumberland

According to The Daily Mail, three women from the UAE sustained serious head injuries in a hammer attack at London's Four-Star Cumberland Hotel during the early morning hours on Sunday (April 6).

One of the women is fighting for her life after the assault in guest-room at the Cumberland. The other two victims were reportedly too traumatized to speak to detectives.

The Cumberland Hotel, where the hammer attack on three women in their thirties took place. One of the victims, believed to be a wealthy tourist from the Middle East, is in a medically induced coma

Emergency services were called to the 1,000-room hotel, near the retail paradise of Oxford Street, just before 0200 hours on Sunday.

It is not known whether the victims knew their assailant; the assault is believed to have taken place in a guest-room at the hotel.

The reported assault came after a bungled robbery by an opportunistic thief. Scotland Yard has launched a nationwide manhunt to trace the assailant, who was not a guest at the hotel.

COMMENT: Detectives have retrieved CCTV surveillance footage and are questioning staff and other guests. A spokesman for the hotel said everything has returned to normal at the Cumberland following the incident.

The Metropolitan Police said homicide and major crime officers were investigating the incident. The area surrounding the hotel, near Marble Arch, is popular with tourists from the Middle East.

Room rates for a night at the Cumberland Hotel range from £142 (US$235.24) for a single room to £316 (US$523.49) for the junior king suite with breakfast and dinner included.

It is unknown as to whether the three victims were staying in the same guest-room, but that may prove to be the case.

In my 2008 book, STAYING SAFE ABROAD: TRAVELING, WORKING AND LIVING IN A POST-9/11 WORLD, I emphasize that "there are no safe countries anywhere, which is why I stress to all foreign travelers that possessing a well-honed sense of personal security awareness is paramount, no matter in what country.

As so many of our readers know all too well, I strongly discourage hotel guests from opening their guest-room to door to anyone, particularly during sleeping hours, until such time as they've checked with the reception desk to determine who might be attempting to access their guest-room.

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