Man charged after hammer attack on mother and daughter

21 August 2018, 02:59 | Updated: 21 August 2018, 07:17

A man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder following a hammer attack on a mother and daughter which has left them in a critical condition.

Joe Xuereb, 27, will appear in court in connection with a serious assault on Ania Gos, 30, and her mother, 64, in southeast London.

Officers were called at 12.10pm to find two women suffering from injuries "consistent with a violent assault", Scotland Yard said after the attack in New Eltham on Sunday.

They were taken to south London hospitals where they remain in a critical condition.

A hammer was recovered from the scene which was "believed to have been used in the assault", a police spokesman said.

Xuereb, of Greenwich, was arrested on Sunday after a media appeal.

He is due to appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

On Monday, Ms Gos's employer S&P; Global said colleagues were "extremely shocked and saddened" by the "senseless" attack.

Ms Gos's mother was visiting from Poland when she was attacked, neighbours said.