Staff in Harlesden bank ‘watched customer being beaten up’ claim

Basir Safi was left with a five inch long cut resulting from the attack (pic credit Jan Nevill)

Basir Safi was left with a five inch long cut resulting from the attack (pic credit Jan Nevill) - Credit: Archant

A bank customer has accused cashiers of failing to come to his aid while he was savagely beaten up inside a branch of Santander in Harlesden.

Santender in Harlesden (Pic credit: Google Streetview)

Santender in Harlesden (Pic credit: Google Streetview) - Credit: Archant

Basir Safi, 27, from Sudbury, says the workers stood back and watched as he was hit on the back of his neck with a sharp object by his attacker.

He also claims after his assailant fled he was threatened with the police and thrown out by the manager.

He said: “It was a completely horrible experience. I was badly injured but the bank staff did nothing.

‘‘They should have at least given me first aid because it could have been more serious.

He later went to a hospital where he was treated for a five-inch wound on his neck.

Telling the Times he plans to press charges if his attacker is found, he continued: “The guy is a danger to the public. I didn’t do anything to provoke him. If it happens to me, it could happen to anyone.

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A Santander spokesman said: “We are aware that Mr Safi was involved in a fight with another man in our branch on Tuesday, May 27.

“Despite repeated requests from the branch manager to stop fighting, they ignored her and continued until another customer intervened.

“The manager asked both parties to leave the branch for the safety of our customers and staff. Our staff acted appropriately and if Mr Safi wishes to make a complaint to the police, we will be delighted to co-operate fully with their investigation, including providing CCTV footage of the incident.”

The attacker is a black man, in his 30s, with dark hair, braces on his teeth and unshaven. He is of slim build and was wearing blue jeans and a light red zipped hooded top.

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