Manhunt after two woman left critical after attack

Police are urgently appealing for the public’s help to trace a man wanted in connection with a critical attack on two women in Greenwich.

The man wanted for questioning is Joe Xuereb, 27, of Greenwich. Detectives have released an image of him today, Sunday 19 August. He is described as a white male with short light coloured hair. He was wearing beige trousers, a white top and black trainers. He was last seen travelling on a black and orange push bike.

Xuereb is believed to have mental health issues and should not be approached by members of the public. Any sightings of Xuereb should be reported to police immediately on 999.

Police were called at approximately 12.10pm to reports of a serious assault at Adderley Gardens, SE9.

Officers attended along with colleagues from London Ambulance Service.

Two females, 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.

Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan said: “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. I would urge anyone who has information on his whereabouts to contact the police on 999, and would like to remind the public not to approach him if seen.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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