Police arrest man with a Maltese surname after violent assault in Greenwich leaves two women in critical condition
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Update Joseph Xuereb has been arrested on suspicion of two attempted murders after a mother and daughter were violently attacked in London.

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Sky News reports that detectives are looking for a man, Joseph Xuereb, 27, who is “believed to be violent and have mental health issues” after a mother and daughter are fighting for their lives after being attacked in the street.

Scotland Yard officers, who have recovered a hammer they think “may have been used in the assaults”, described what happened as “violent and unprovoked”.

The women were targeted in Adderley Gardens in Eltham, southeast London, where neighbours described hearing a scream and later seeing the pavement covered in blood.

Police were called at 12.10pm on Sunday to find the victims, aged 30 and 64, suffering from injuries “consistent with a violent assault”.

They are are in a critical condition at south London hospitals and next of kin have been informed.

Members of the public are being told not to approach Joe Xuereb, 27, from Greenwich.

“I would like to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to trace Xuereb and question him in relation to the horrific attack which has left two women fighting for their lives,” said Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan.

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