A BRUTAL attacker bludgeoned a man with a cricket bat in a violent road rage assault on Monday afternoon.

A 41-year-old man was left with what police say were “potentially life-threatening” head and facial injuries following an apparent argument over a parking space.

The attack happened in Longbridge Road, Barking, opposite the Royal Oak pub.

Officers are now hunting the driver of a silver Peugeot 307, which the male attacker was seen fleeing the scene in.

One eyewitness said the altercation began when the victim, who was on foot, was in collision with the Peugeot and became trapped.

He spoke of the driver getting out of his car, and after speaking or arguing with the man, “casually going to his boot to get a cricket bat, and bashing him in the face with it.

Police believe the intervention of passers-by could have prevented the victim suffering even more serious injuries.

A witness told the Recorder: “The victim’s legs were trapped under the car. He was banging on the bonnet. The driver got out, they may have had a row, then he went to his boot and hit him with a cricket bat. He did it as casually as anything. It was pretty callous.”

Insp Stephen Manger said police were called at 1.45pm by witnesses.

“It would appear there’s been an altercation which involved road rage between two males. One male attacked the other male with a cricket bat. Witnesses interrupted and the attacker drove off in a silver Peugeot 307.

“At the moment we are making further inquiries concerning the details of that car.”

Forensics officers were at the scene on Monday afternoon taking swabs from spots of blood left on the side of the road.

A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said: “We sent an ambulance and the man was taken to hospital in a serious condition.”

The attacker is described as a 25-year-old man of Asian appearance, with short dark hair. The victim’s condition is now described as stable.

Anyone with information on the attack should call Det Con Steve Storey on 020 8217 5569, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.