British police are hunting a man who entered an upscale London hotel room and battered three sisters from the United Arab Emirates with a hammer.

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British police are hunting a man who entered an upscale London hotel room and battered three sisters from the United Arab Emirates with a hammer.

The Metropolitan Police force said Monday that all three women suffered head and facial injuries. One is in critical condition in a hospital, while the others are in serious but not life-threatening condition.

The women, in their 30s, and three children were asleep in adjoining rooms on the seventh floor of the Cumberland Hotel in London when a man entered in early Sunday. Police said the women were attacked after they awoke and disturbed the intruder. Detectives found a hammer at the scene.

Police said there had not been a security breach at the hotel and the family’s room was unlocked at the time of the attack.

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Detective Supt. Carl Mehta said “early indications are that theft appears to be the motive.” He appealed for witnesses to come forward if they had seen a man leaving the hotel with bloody clothes.

The UAE ministry of foreign affairs said the three women were sisters.

The UAE, a former British protectorate, has long ties with the United Kingdom. Flights link multiple cities in the two countries several times a day and Emirati tourists pay frequent visits to London.

Britain recently introduced an electronic visa waiver system for citizens of the UAE, Qatar and Oman.

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Associated Press Writer Adam Schreck in Dubai contributed to this report.

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