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Monday, 20 August 2018

Daughter left fighting for life along with her mother who was visiting from Poland after 'neighbour three doors down beat them over head in hammer attack' is named as office worker

  • A mother and daughter, 64 and 30, were strangers to the suspected attacker
  • Joe Xuereb, 27, of Greenwich, has been arrested following the daylight attack
  • His home in Adderley Gardens has been cordoned off, along with half the street
  • Neighbours have named daughter as Anna Gos who ‘worked in Canary Wharf'
  • Xuereb is said to have lived just three doors from Anna and her sister 
A daughter left fighting for her life along with her Polish mother after a stranger 'smashed them in the head' and left one's 'face hanging off' in an unprovoked 'hammer attack' has been named as Anna Gos by neighbours.
Joe Xuereb, 27, was arrested on  suspicion of two counts of attempted murdered after the two women, aged 30 and 64, were targeted at Adderley Gardens in Greenwich, south-east London, yesterday.
Neighbour Robert Gover, 69, said Anna's mother had been due to return to their native Poland after a visit when the attack took place.
Mr Gover said Anna who ‘worked in an office in Canary Wharf', had lived with her partner, Lucas in Adderley Gardens for the last couple of years. 
Xuereb is said to have lived with his mother just three doors away from Anna and her sister.
Scotland Yard confirmed they arrested Xuereb at 7.35pm, roughly two miles from where the attack took place. He remains in police custody.
He had been spotted by a woman who then followed him in her car, until officers were able to detain him on Old Farm Avenue, Sidcup, south-east London.
The suspect, from Greenwich, is thought to have mental health issues, a taser was 'deployed but not used' prior to his arrest.   
Officers were called at 12.10pm to find the women, aged 64 and 30, suffering from injuries 'consistent with a violent assault'.
The victims are both in critical condition at a south London hospital.
Items left on the ground in Adderley Gardens, Greenwich, south-east London, after a mother and daughter where left fighting for their lives when a stranger launched an unprovoked hammer attack on them in the street
Retired TV engineer Mr Gover said: ‘I just spoke to Lucas and Anna had a six hour operation yesterday. The mother is in a really serious situation and having an operation today.
'I phoned the ambulance. I saw them covered in blood. I saw Anna laying down. I didn't know it was her at the time.
‘I thought she was a passer-by. I did not recognise her. She has been living above me for a couple of years. They are a lovely couple. It is sheer shock.’
He added: ‘Her mum was visiting her from Poland with her sister and was due to go back that day.
'Anna's sister has a four-year-boy. They hushed him out the way and he was ushered upstairs by the sister's partner.' 
Lucas declined to comment. He asked if his privacy could be respected at this time and is back at the flat with Anna's sister her husband, and their son.
Police and forensics at the scene of a Hammer attack on two women in New Eltham, southeast London
Police believe a hammer recovered from the scene 'may have been used' to carry out the 'horrific attack'. 
The blue front door of the two storey semi-detached house appeared to have been been battered numerous times with a blunt object. 
Detectives were seen yesterday searching the suspect's home, which is in the same street where the attack took place.  
A woman who lives nearby told how she went to the aid of the two women who had been attacked by the 'hammer wielding' suspect - while he was still swinging the weapon in the street.
Neighbours said he left the scene 'calmly on a pushbike' after leaving the women horrifically injured.
They described the victims 'covered in blood' while the suspect walked 'calmly' around, swinging his hammer. 
One neighbour, who helped the victims in the aftermath of the attack said: 'It was horrific.
Items left on the ground in Adderley Gardens, south east London
Items left on the ground in Adderley Gardens, south east London
'Her face was hanging off, I was trying to put her face back together. They were definitely life-changing injuries.
'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.'
Neighbour David Halliday, 35, saw police officers ramming the door of address on Adderley Gardens, where he said the suspect lived.
He said: 'We heard a huge commotion and lots of shouting.
'An air ambulance landed in the school playing field.
'I saw one of the woman being stretchered into an ambulance. Her body was completely covered up.
'There were two or three ambulances and loads of police cars driving round. 
'They got here really quickly and there was also a police helicopter driving round overhead for a while clearly trying to find him.
Forensic officers search the grounds near the attack
'Quite soon after about five or six police officers rammed the door down. They went in and looked around but clearly didn't find anything. '  
Forensic investigators were seen examining a pair of pink slippers covered in blood and blue blanket over a pavement covered in blood.   
She said the suspect was still in the road while she bandaged up one of the victim's face before adding: 'When you have two women laid out on the pavement, what do you do? 'Anyone would do it.
'One of the women was choking on her own blood so we sat her up.
'She was in an out of consciousness.'
She added: 'I feel sick, if you saw it on telly you'd turn it off.'  
Another neighbour described the suspect 'calmly' swinging the hammer in the street while his victims lay bleeding on the ground.
Forensic officers on the scene in southeast London
Forensic officers on the scene in southeast London
She said: 'I heard screams, it sounded like kids.
'Then I looked out the window and saw them covered in blood. A lot of people were helping them.
'Blood was pouring out of their heads, 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.  
Two women, believed to be aged 64 and 30, were found with injuries consistent with a violent assault on the street in London
Two women, believed to be aged 64 and 30, were found with injuries consistent with a violent assault on the street in London
Officers were called at 12.10pm on Sunday to find the women, aged 64 and 30, suffering from devastating injuries
Detectives are searched the suspect's home in the street where the attack took place
Mr Gover, who called an ambulance after seeing the attack said he heard a scream outside his window, as a passer-by saw the mother and daughter with devastating injuries.
The retired TV engineer said: 'I heard a bit of a commotion, I looked outside and there was about half a dozen people out there.
'I went out there and I saw blood on the face of one of them and I knew something had happened so I ran inside and phoned for an ambulance.
'One of them was moving at the time and sitting in an upright position with somebody holding her up, while the other one was laying down.
Police talk to residents in Adderley Gardens, Greenwich, south-east London
Police talk to residents in Adderley Gardens, Greenwich, south-east London
Joe Xuereb, 27, is being sought after two women, who were not known to him, were targeted at Adderley Gardens in Greenwich, south-east London
Joe Xuereb, 27, is being sought after two women, who were not known to him, were targeted at Adderley Gardens in Greenwich, south-east London
'They were both covered in blood.'
The younger woman's partner was at her side attempting to comfort her when the ambulance arrived, he said.
Another neighbour said: 'It's just awful. I don't think they were from here. I heard they were just walking through.'
She added: 'I heard a lot of screaming, but didn't see what happened.'   
Neighbour Joby Martin, 43, was one of around a dozen bystanders who rushed to help the victims.
Joe Xuereb, pictured on public transport, is currently in police custody following the attack
Joe Xuereb, pictured on public transport, is currently in police custody following the attack
He said: 'we heard screaming and ran out.
'The guy was just standing there with a hammer. It was chaos there was blood everywhere.
'I don't know who the two women were. I think they might have been here on holiday because one of them mentioned a flight.
'They were covered in blood and towels.
'We could see the attacker standing there while we helped the women.
'Me and one other man kept an eye on him while we all helped the women. You couldn't just leave them there. Eventually got on a mountain bike and rode off.'
Det Supt Corrigan earlier said: 'Police were called at around 12.10pm to reports of a serious assault at Adderley Gardens, Eltham.
'Officers attended along with paramedics.
'Two women, believed to be aged 64 and 30, were found with injuries consistent with a violent assault.
'They have been taken to south London hospitals where they both remain in a critical condition. Their next-of-kin have been informed. No arrests have been made.
'A crime scene is in place and enquiries continue.'
Xuereb's home in Adderley Gardens has been cordoned off, along with half the street
Xuereb's home in Adderley Gardens has been cordoned off, along with half the street

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