St Mary’s Businessman Hospitalised After London Mugging

Adam Smith

Adam Smith

A St Mary’s businessman hospitalised after being attacked in London says he’s been overwhelmed by messages of support from the islands.

Tolman Café operator Adam Smith’s jaw was broken in four places when he was attacked by a mugger with a metal cosh.

Adam had been to see a show in the West End on Saturday night when he stopped to give cash to a beggar. He struck up a conversation with the woman and asked her for directions to a taxi rank.

But she sent him towards her accomplice, who then knocked Adam to the ground. His cries for help were heard by a passer-by and his attacker ran off with just a mobile phone.

Adam spent two days in hospital and is now being looked after by friends.

He says living in Scilly has possibly made him a lot more trusting of people than he was when he lived in Birmingham in the past. And he says the attack has made him more nervous of visiting large cities.

Adam needs further operations to his damaged jaw but has discharged himself from hospital because he says he feels obligated to open the business next week. He says his staff will be relying on him for the work.

But he says his workers and locals have been very kind with their messages of support.

Adam says he looks like he’s, “done five rounds with Mike Tyson” but feels lucky because people like his attacker don’t care about life.

He hopes to be back on the island early next week and intends to open the café on Wednesday.

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