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GUN CITY: Dramatic scenes as two men arrested over shooting after undercover police 'hard stop'


THIS is the dramatic moment that two men were arrested on suspicion of a shooting after their vehicle was forced to stop by undercover armed police.

The scenes unfolded on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at about 9pm, near Valentines Park, in Ilford, east London.

Police had earlier been called at 9pm on Sunday, May 7, 2023, by a member of public to reports that a firearm had been discharged in Swaton Road, Bow, east London.

Officers found a 21-year-old man and a 66-year-old man with gunshot injuries.

They were taken to hospital, where their conditions were both later assessed as not life-threatening.

On Monday, June 12, a 24-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.

Then on Thursday, June 15, a further two men, aged 24 and 20, were arrested in connection with the incident during a vehicle stop in Park Avenue, Ilford.

According to a witness, it was a hard stop involving an undercover unit which forced their vehicle to a halt.

A Met Police spokesman said: "All three men have been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in late August.

"Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation and enquiries are ongoing.

"Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC giving the reference CAD 6896/07May.

"Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, online or by calling 0800 555 111."

Detectives are still appealing for witnesses and anyone with information and footage to make contact.

The spokesman added: "Initial enquiries have identified that the victims were sat in a vehicle when they shot by a suspect who then fled the scene in a silver Skoda Octavia travelling onto Campbell Road, Bow.

Detective Inspector Mat Freeman of the Met’s Specialist Crime North said: "Any firearm discharge on the streets of London is cause for huge concern to members of the public, and I can assure them that we share that concern and are doing everything we possibly can to identify those responsible.

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“It would have been busy with traffic and people in the area at the time. We are keen to speak to anyone who has dash cam footage or information that could help us, especially with regards this vehicle.

“The slightest fragment of information could prove crucial so please, if you have information or material that can help, make contact immediately."


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