All five people were carrying their phones at the time.
The attacker focused his assault on the mobile phones, allowing victims to flee the scene when they dropped their phones.
During the attack the machete-wielding man shouted, “I’ll show you what phone-hacking really is, you idiots! This is hacking! That other crap is cracking! Cracking you ignorant morons!”
The injured were treated for deep cuts to the head, hands, trouser pockets, and handbags.