Man arrested over British diplomat's mugging

April 22, 2012 - 4:46 PM

LONDON (AP) — A man was arrested Sunday in connection with a mugging in London that left a British diplomat without sight in his left eye, officials said.

George Fergusson, 56, was attacked as he walked through Hammersmith in West London on Friday evening. He is due to take up the post of governor in the British overseas territory of Bermuda, and the Foreign Office said he still plans to take the job next month.

He previously served as governor of the Pitcairn Islands and high commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa.

A 29-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of robbery and was being held at a west London police station.

Fergusson's assailant stole a small amount of money and left the diplomat with facial injuries including serious damage to his left eye.

Fergusson managed to walk to a nearby hospital after the attack. Police said Sunday that they believe the attacker had no motive except to steal money.