This latest incident seems to hit on the city's anxieties that they're not as safe as they might feel. After all, what could be safer than a young woman walking down the street in the middle of the day, and what could be more random and senseless than this attack? That may explain the local media's captivation with the story.
The Daily Mail called the assailant the "most brutal thug in Britain," which maybe says as much about the United Kingdom's relatively safety as it does about the brutality of this attacker. The three adjectives that the tabloid Daily Mirror managed to squeeze into their lead sentence say it all: "shocking," "vile," and "innocently." London 24, in its interview with the victim, plays up her ominous quote: "I hope I am his last victim."