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Man arrested in Sidcup following public appeal after two women seriously assaulted

PUBLISHED: 12:42 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 20 August 2018

Nanikitomisa Mpelenda, 25, of Huxley Road, Leyton, was charged with assault, obstruction, possession of an imitation firearm and using a motor vehicle without insurance. Pic: MET POLICE

Nanikitomisa Mpelenda, 25, of Huxley Road, Leyton, was charged with assault, obstruction, possession of an imitation firearm and using a motor vehicle without insurance. Pic: MET POLICE

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A man who attacked two women in Greenwich using a hammer was arrested last night in Bexley following a public appeal.

The man was arrested at 7.35pm in Old Farm Avenue, Sidcup.

The suspect was arrested as a direct result of the media appeal - police received a number of calls and one member of the public followed the man in her car until police had detained him.

He was arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murders by response team officers.

A taser was deployed but not used.

A 27-year-old man has been taken to a police station.

The arrest follows an incident at approximately 12.10pm to reports of a serious assault at Adderley Gardens.

Two females, believed to be aged 64 and 30 were found with injuries consistent with a violent assault.

A hammer was recovered by officers and police believe this may have been used in the assaults.

Both victims have been taken to hospital where they remain in a critical condition.

The two women are believed to be mother and daughter and their next of next of kin have been informed.

A crime scene is in place and enquiries continue.

Det sup Jane Corrigan said: “I would like to pass my thanks to the public and the media for all their support.

“I am extremely proud of my colleagues and the community, who have all done so much to bring this part of the investigation to a safe resolution.

“It shows what can be achieved when we all work together.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Quote CAD 3412/19AUG.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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