Met Police issues update after Shoreditch crossbow attacks leave 2 injured

By Staff

The Metropolitan Police have provided an update after two people were injured in two separate crossbow attacks in Shoreditch on March 4 and 14.

The victims, a 44-year-old who was hit in the head as she crossed the road and a 20-year-old who suffered a neck injury, both suffered not life-threatening or life-changing injuries. A 47-year-old was arrested on Sunday, March 17, after he was found carrying a knuckle duster and a bottle containing an unknown ‘substance’. Police also searched his home and found a crossbow and knives.

The man arrested in connection with the investigation has been released under investigation. There is also an increased police presence in the area as the community remains concerned by the attacks.

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Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway, who is responsible for policing in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, said: “I’m acutely aware of the level of concern in the community following these awful attacks.

“Since the first incident the police response has been immediate and dynamic, with my detectives leading a significant investigation involving CCTV trawls, intelligence and forensic work, whilst my neighbourhood teams have been engaged in public appeals and reassurance patrols. We have been strongly supported by our partners, particularly the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

“This remains a complex and ongoing policing operation, and the community will continue to see an enhanced police presence in the area. I’d like to thank local people for their valuable support and would urge anyone still yet to talk to police to do so as soon as possible. You can speak with officers at any time if you believe you have information that is relevant.”

Anyone with information that could help police should call 101 quoting CAD 6663/14 Mar or Operation Goldwater. To remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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