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.


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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