Man rushed to hospital in East London after being ‘shot in neck with crossbow’

By Staff

A man has been rushed to hospital after being shot in the neck by a crossbow. The emergency services raced to Arnold Circus, in Shoreditch at around 7.30pm yesterday (March 14) after they had reports of an injured man in the street.

There they found a man in his 20s with a neck injury, and it’s thought he was hit by a dart fired from a crossbow.

He was taken to hospital where his condition was assessed as not life-threatening or life-changing. There haven’t been any arrests.

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A Met Police spokesperson said: “We were called at 7.27pm on Thursday, March 14, to reports of a man found injured in Arnold Circus, E2. Officers responded and were on the scene within two minutes.

“They found a man in his 20s with a neck injury. He was taken to hospital where his condition was assessed as not life-threatening or life-changing.

“Initial enquiries suggest the man may have been struck by a crossbow dart. An investigation is under way and further enquiries are taking place.

“Any witnesses are asked to call 101 quoting CAD 6663/14Mar. There have been no arrests.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 7.23pm yesterday evening (March 14) to reports of an incident in Arnold Circus, Shoreditch, E2. We dispatched resources to the scene, including ambulance crews, a paramedics in fast response cars, and an incident response officer.

“We also dispatched a trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance by car. We treated a patient at the scene before taking them to a major trauma centre.”

Crossbow laws

Contrary to popular belief, crossbows are not firearms and are covered by the Crossbows Act 1987.

It is illegal for anyone under 18 to own a crossbow. Similarly, if an adult is in possession of a crossbow in a public place without sufficient reason they face up to four years in prison.

Safeguarding Minister, Laura Farris said: “Crossbows are used rarely in violent crime in this country but they can be highly dangerous. We’re doing all we can to ensure we have the appropriate measures in place against any risks these potentially dangerous weapons may pose.

“I encourage the public and those in the industry to come forward to share their views so we can have the most accurate picture and take any necessary action to keep our streets safe.”

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