Eltham hammer attack leaves mum, 64, and daughter, 30, fighting for their lives after random daytime assault – The Sun



A MUM and daughter are fighting for their lives following a brutal “hammer attack” by a stranger in a south London street today.

A man has been arrested after the two women, 64 and 30, were targeted at Adderley Gardens in south-east London, this afternoon.

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Police were hunting Joe Xuereb, 27, after two women, 64 and 30, were targeted at Adderley Gardens in Greenwich

Officers were called at 12.10pm to find the women suffering from injuries “consistent with a violent assault”, Scotland Yard said.

One of the victims was so badly injured that “her face was hanging off,” according to another woman who went to their aid.

The women were taken to south London hospitals where their condition has been described as critical.

Eye-witnesses told how the suspect left the scene “calmly on a pushbike” leaving the women horrifically injured.

They described the victims “covered in blood” while the suspect walked “calmly” around, swinging his hammer.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “It was horrific. Her face was hanging off, I was trying to put her face back together. They were definitely life-changing injuries.”

Video shows police at the scene where two women were hit by a man with a hammer in south east London

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The mum and daughter were taken to hospital where their condition has been described as critical.

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A forensic officer searches the scene of the attack in Adderley Gardens, Eltham where two women were attacked with a hammer

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The home of the alleged attacker was raided by police, according to reports

She added: “She was hit in the face and the head, and the other woman was hit in the head. I’m worried they won’t survive.”

She said the suspect was still in the road while she bandaged up one of the victim’s face before adding:

“One of the women was choking on her own blood so we sat her up.

“She was in an out of consciousness.”

Another neighbour described the suspect “calmly” swinging the hammer in the street while his victims lay bleeding on the ground.

She said: “I heard screams, it sounded like kids. Then I looked out the window and saw them covered in blood. And he was there swinging his hammer. He was so calm.”

She added that he started hitting a brick wall before he “got on his pushbike and calmly cycled away from the scene”.

She said the two victims are not believed to live locally, and were visiting friends in the area.

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