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GTA 5 Fan Hit With A Brick, Stabbed And Robbed After Picking Up Copy At Midnight

17/09/2013 13:15 BST | Updated 18/09/2013 08:51 BST
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Close view of the packaging of the console game Grand Theft Auto 5 at the midnight opening of the HMV music store in central London on September 17, 2013. One enthusiastic fan camped outside the store for three days. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

A 23-year-old man was hit with a brick, stabbed and robbed after picking up one of the first copies of Grand Theft Auto V at midnight.

The victim was attacked after he left an Asda store in north London just 80 minutes after the notoriously violent video game went on sale.

He was stripped of his mobile phone, watch and his copy of GTA V near the supermarket.

The man is now recovering in hospital where he is said to be in a stable condition.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The victim had been shopping and was on his way home when he was hit with a brick.

"He was then stabbed and robbed."

Police, who were called to Princes Avenue in Colindale at 1.22am, said the motive for the attack was unclear.