Man’s hand ‘chopped off at the wrist by Whitechapel vigilantes’

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According to reports, a young man’s hand was chopped off after he was attacked by security personnel in east London with his own knife.

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The Metropolitan Police said a 19-year-old man was found with “life-changing injuries” on Golding Street in the Whitechapel area.

Officers were called to the residential area in the borough of Tower Hamlets at around 5.45 pm on Sunday.

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In footage posted on social media, the man is seen sitting on the edge of a sidewalk holding a tea towel in his hand, surrounded by his blood splatter.

He was taken to a major trauma unit at a hospital for the injury, which police described as a “significant knife wound in the arm”. His condition was assessed as not life-threatening but potentially life-changing.

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A second man in his 20s was found with a knife wound in nearby Christian Street. He was taken to hospital before being arrested and placed in custody – the Met said.

Police have launched an investigation into separate footage from the dashboard of a vehicle, which shows part of the incident.

The Met said in a statement: “We are aware of a video on social media showing a man who appears to be injured on a street in Tower Hamlets.

“The first part of the video appears to have been filmed after an incident in Golding Street, E1, which is under investigation.”

According to Standard, a local councilor said that a group of youths armed with axes had “allegedly targeted innocent people of that area several times”.

Reportedly, the councilor said: “The locals decided to take matters into their own hands.

“No one should ever condone such vigilance, but it should also be a lesson to those who hold a knife: Your weapon can easily be turned against you.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about the incident should call 101 or tweet at @MetCC referencing 5643/12SEP.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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