Spate of ‘machine gun’ and stabbing attacks leave 4 injured in London night of terror
Police in Harlesden have been granted extra stop-and-search powers until midday following a shooting and stabbing that occurred roughly a mile apart on Thursday. A man, aged in his 20s, suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds at 8:30pm Thursday in Lawrence Avenue, Brent.
Only two hours later, police found another man in his 20s with life-threatening wounds – this time from a knife attack – in Rainborough Close. Met Police officers are investigating if the two violent attacks are connected.
Despite eyewitnesses claiming that a machine gun was used in the firearm attack, Scotland Yard has advised that there was "no information" to support these claims.
On the other side of the city in Deptford, a 23-year-old man was discovered just after 8pm with stab wounds in Creek Road. He was rushed to the hospital after he was treated by London’s Air Ambulance.
In the early hours of Friday morning, roughly two miles or so from the attack in Deptford, another man was stabbed on Old Kent Road. The man, understood to be 30-years-old, was rushed to the hospital. His condition is currently unknown. Police arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
Met Police have now launched at least 69 murder investigations this year, including the fatal stabbing of a man in London’s second wealthiest borough, Kensington and Chelsea, on Wednesday.
The man was believed to be a delivery driver and was found with multiple stab wounds at 10:20pm on Cathcart Road. He was reportedly attacked after refusing to hand over money to a gang of youths.
The victim, understood to be in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.
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