Diplomat George Fergusson blinded in one eye in mugging

George Fergusson George Fergusson is due to take up the post of governor of Bermuda

A UK diplomat has been mugged, leaving him blind in one eye, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has said.

George Fergusson, 56, was assaulted and robbed at about 19:30 BST on Friday while walking in Margravine Cemetery and Park, in Hammersmith, west London.

Metropolitan Police officers are appealing for information.

Mr Fergusson, who lost a small amount of cash in the mugging, works for the Foreign Office and is due to take up the post of governor of Bermuda.

The governor acts as the Queen's official representative in Bermuda.

A spokesman for the FCO said Mr Fergusson had had surgery and lost the sight in his left eye.

He said: "He was supposed to take up his next post in May and that is still the plan."

Mr Fergusson, who lives in Lambeth, south London, with his wife Margaret, previously served as governor of the Pitcairn Islands, as well as high commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa.

He was taking a short cut to a friend's house when he was attacked, the FCO said.

The suspect in Friday's mugging has been described as a black man, thought to be aged between 25 and 35, who was wearing a dark, hooded top and dark glasses. He is about 5ft 10in tall.

No arrests have been made.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The victim made his own way to hospital. He had suffered facial injuries, including a serious injury which threatens the sight in his left eye. He remains in hospital."

Anyone with information can call Hammersmith and Fulham CID on 020 8246 2413 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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