Two more attempted murder arrests after teen stabbed and shot in Dagenham 'ambush'

The incident happened in Whalebone Lane South, Dagenham (Google street view)
The incident happened in Whalebone Lane South, Dagenham (Google street view)

Two more teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 19-year-old was stabbed and shot in an “ambush” in east London.

The victim remains fighting for his life in hospital following the incident in Whalebone Lane South, Dagenham, on Thursday evening.

Scotland Yard said on Saturday two 17-year-old boys were arrested in the Ashford area of Kent on Friday, on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Both remained in custody in Kent on Saturday, and were due to be transferred to London for questioning.

Four men and a woman, aged 18 to 25, had previously been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. They have since been bailed pending further enquiries.

The Met says the victim was cycling in the street when he was attacked by a group travelling in three cars.

Police and paramedics were called to Whalebone Lane South in Dagenham around 5.20pm on Thursday, following reports a man has been stabbed.

Shortly after, a member of the public rang 999 reporting they had heard gunshots.

Emergency responders found the 19-year-old victim, with what appeared to be stab injuries.

He was taken to hospital where it was confirmed he had been stabbed and also shot.

He remained in hospital in a critical condition on Saturday, said the Met.

His next of kin has been informed.

Detective Inspector Iain Wallace, who is leading the investigation for the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “We know that the victim was riding a bike on the street when he was attacked by a group of men who arrived at and left the scene in three cars.

“We have made a number of arrests so far in our investigation, however we are still keen to hear from anyone with any information who has not yet spoken to police.

“This wasn’t a disagreement or a fight, it was an ambush that has left a 19-year-old fighting for his life.

“If you have information that could help us take these dangerous individuals off your streets please do get in touch.”

Anyone with information or footage relating to this incident should call 101 quoting 5857/02May.

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