Shoreditch crossbow attacker being hunted as 2 separate people shot in head and neck at random

By Staff

The Metropolitan Police are carrying out an urgent investigation after two people were injured in two separate crossbow attacks in Shoreditch. The first victim was attacked on Monday, March 4, with the second victim attacked on Thursday, March 14. Due to the nature and location of both incidents, they have been linked.

The first assault happened at approximately 7.44pm with the 44-year-old victim being hit in the head as she crossed the road. The second involved a 20-year-old man who was left with a neck injury. Both victims’ injuries were not life-threatening or life-changing and both have now left hospital.

Over the weekend, there will be an increased police presence in the area as enquiries take place, whilst officers are also working with Tower Hamlets Council in a joint effort to use as many resources as possible to help the investigation.

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Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway, who is responsible for policing in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, said: “There are significant efforts to find whoever carried out these assaults, and we are committed to keeping the community updated over the coming days, as we know how worrying this is.

“This investigation is being led by my detectives in the CID and supported by my neighbourhood teams and specialist officers. My team are progressing a number of lines of enquiry, including identifying witnesses and exploring both CCTV and forensic opportunities.”

The police have asked for anyone with information that could help to call 101 quoting CAD 6663/14 Mar or Operation Goldwater. To remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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