Two arrested on suspicion of GBH after two men slashed in arms on busy Barking street

The attack took place in Gascoigne Road. Picture: GOOGLE

The attack took place in Gascoigne Road. Picture: GOOGLE - Credit: Archant

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of GBH after an attack in which victims arms were slashed with a blade in broad daylight.

The 18 and 20-year-old suspects were held yesterday after the two victims were assaulted and suffered “lacerations to the arms” in Gascoigne Road, Barking at about 5pm on Tuesday.

Police believe one of the victims, a 19-year-old man, was approached by a large group of men and assaulted. A 20-year-old man was also found injured in nearby Cooke Street with similar injuries after it is believed he tried to intervene.

DS Jim Barry from the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command appealed for anyone who witnessed the attack to come forward.

“A large group of males approached the victim on a busy road on Tuesday afternoon. Were you there? Did you see those involved before the attack or making off?

“We understand the concerns in the community about such attacks. We are doing everything we can to bring those involved to account. A number of enquiries – including a detailed review of local CCTV footage from the area where the attack took place – are in hand.”

Anyone with information on the attack is asked to call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.