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Two arrested over recent firearms incidents in Newham Borough

News   •   Aug 27, 2017 19:57 BST

Trident detectives investigating number or recent firearms incidents in Newham Borough have made two arrests.

On Sunday, 27 August Trident detectives - supported by officers from Newham Borough and the Specialist Firearms Command - carried out search warrants at addresses in Plaistow and East Ham and arrested two men - aged 18 [A] and 19 [B] - in connection with three recent incidents. Both are currently in custody at an east London police station.

The three incidents they have been arrested in connection with are:

- Two men shot in Prince Regents Lane, E16 at around 15:50hrs on Saturday, 26 August. A 19-year-old man [1] was found at the scene with a gun shot wound to his foot; and a second 19 year old man [2] injured in the shooting was found at an address in a nearby street with a gun shot wound to his shoulder. Both were taken to separate east London hospitals. The first has since been discharged whilst the second remains in hospital in a stable condition;

- Two men injured from a shot gun discharge near Viking Gardens E6 at 19.20hrs on the Thursday, 24 August. The two men injured - both aged 21 - remain in hospital being treated for serious injuries; and

- The discharge of a shot gun in Barking Road, E16 at about 16.10hrs on Thursday, 24 August. No one was injured.

The two in custody [A/B] were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Detective Superintendent Neil Matthews, from Newham Borough, said:

"We are painfully aware of the recent firearms incidents in our borough that are blighting our communities.

"In response to this we have increased uniformed and non-uniformed policing resources. We have being deploying patrols across the borough drawn from our own local teams and specialist departments across the Met, with a view to detecting offences and attempting to prevent offending where possible.

"We will continue to utilize all methods at our disposal and work with Trident, and other areas of the Met, in bringing to justice those who use violence, and particularly those who use or seek to use firearms as part of their criminal activity in our borough."

Detective Superintendent Mark Maberly, from the Trident and Area Crime Command, said:

"The investigation of a number of recent firearms and gang related offences in Newham Borough continues as a priority. They can be complex investigations and I am pleased we have begun to see arrests as a result of today's proactive operation. However, there is much more work to be done and we need the public's assistance to make our Communities safer."

Anyone with any information about gun crime in Newham Borough, or any witnesses to any recent incidents that haven't spoken to police, are urged to contact the Trident and Area Crime Command via 101, or via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.