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Police in hunt for dangerous’ Algerian burglar

PUBLISHED: 10:05 23 August 2007 | UPDATED: 11:25 01 July 2010

POLICE are renewing appeals to track down a dangerous burglar who attacked a 36-year-old man in his own home. The burglar is thought to have broken into the house in Rangefield Road, Bromley on Saturday, August 4 and lay in wait for the victim with th

POLICE are renewing appeals to track down a dangerous burglar who attacked a 36-year-old man in his own home.

The burglar is thought to have broken into the house in Rangefield Road, Bromley on Saturday, August 4 and lay in wait for the victim with the lights off.

The victim managed to fight off his assailant and escaped from the house to alert the police.

A hammer and a sword was found at the scene although these had not been used in the assault.

Police say they are looking for Mustapha Selmani, a 37-year-old of Algerian origin, in connection with the incident.

Selmani is known to use a number of aliases, including Reda Saidji, Mustapha Dahel, Michel Martines, Nadir Ait Tayeb and Allesandro Castellani.

Police claim that they fear for his mental health and say he may be a danger to others and himself.

He is known to frequent the Bromley, Penge, Leytonstone and Notting Hill areas of London and it is believed he may attempt to leave the country.

DC Andy Collin from Bromley Police's Burglary Squad said: "We would like to find Mustapha Selmani as soon as possible and we would like him, or anyone who sees him in the street, or knows where he is, to contact us.

"People should not approach him if they see him in the street but call the police if they have any information that can help us track him down."

Anyone with any information should contact DC Andy Collin at Bromley Police on 020 8284 9964 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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