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Crossbow attacks update

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Crossbow attacks update

Police continue to investigate after two people were injured by crossbow bolts in Shoreditch.

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.”

The first assault happened at approximately 19:45hrs on Monday, 4 March by Clifton House, E2. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, was hit in the head as she crossed the road.

On Thursday, 14 March at 19:27hrs there was a second incident, involving a 20-year-old man, around 200 feet away by Arnold Circus, E2. He was left with a neck injury.

Their injuries were not life-threatening or life-changing and they have now both left hospital.

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.

+ A 47-year-old man arrested in connection with investigation has been released under investigation.



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