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  • 7 April 2014, 17:34

London Hotel Hammer Attack: Three Women Hurt

A manhunt is under way after a vicious hammer attack on three wealthy tourists staying at a leading London hotel.

All three women, in their 30s, suffered serious head injuries and one is understood to be in a medically induced coma, fighting for her life.

The first victim is said to be in a critical condition, the second serious but stable and the third stable.

They were on a family holiday from the United Arab Emirates and were sharing a room with three children on the seventh floor of the Cumberland Hotel near Oxford Street in central London.

A lone man managed to get into the room and was disturbed by one of the women.

The three adults were attacked by the intruder who is believed to have fled the building in bloodstained clothes.

Police were alerted to the assault at the 1,000-room hotel at around 1.50am on Sunday.

Detective Superintendent Carl Mehta, of the Metropolitan Police, said the family had been doing some shopping during the few days they had been in the capital.

It is unclear whether the women knew their attacker or whether it was a bungled robbery attempt.

A detailed forensic examination of the scene is taking place while police review both CCTV from within the hotel as well as the surrounding streets. Hotel staff and other guests are also being questioned.

No arrests have been made and Mr Mehta appealed for witnesses "who saw what happened or either saw somebody loitering around the hotel, outside or within, or who might have seen somebody leaving the hotel, perhaps hurriedly or covered in blood".

He said officers were keeping an open mind, but early indications were that "theft would appear to have been the motive".

"We are yet to establish precisely what happened, but we are in close liaison with the family to establish what is missing from the room," he said.

Homicide and major crime officers are investigating the attack, he added.

A hotel spokesman said: "It's an ongoing investigation and we are helping police with their inquiries in order to get this sorted as soon as possible."