Two men injured in double Maida Vale attack

Two men were viciously attacked in separate incidents on Monday as youth violence continued to blight north Westminster.

A group of up to 10 men armed with sticks, a hammer and a knife attacked a man in Little Venice in the first assault.

The group, whose members are believed to be between 15 and 20 years old, assaulted the 31-year-old at the junction of Bourne Terrace and Harrow Road at about 6pm. They then ran off in the direction of the Warwick Estate.

Det Con Kieran Handley says he is keen to trace members of the group and would like to speak to anyone with information or who have seen the attack.

Just over two hours later a 22-year-old man was stabbed in the leg and punched in the head while walking through the Amberley Estate in Maida Vale.

The man, who is not believed to have any gang connections, was approached by a group of 20 people, some on bicycles, who attacked him. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Five boys aged 14 to 17 have been arrested in connection with the second incident.

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The two attacks are not believed to be linked.

Anyone with information should call Westminster Serious Violence Team on 020 7321 9364 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.