Finance firm 'shocked' after employee and mother injured in hammer attack

A woman fighting for her life alongside her mother after an unprovoked hammer attack works for a financial services firm in Canary Wharf, her employer has said.

Ania Gos, 30, was one of two women targeted apparently at random during the assault in Adderley Gardens, New Eltham, south-east London, residents said.

Employer S&P Global said on Monday colleagues are "extremely shocked and saddened" by the "senseless" attack on Ms Gos and her mother.

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Joe Xuereb was wanted for questioning in connection with the attack (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Detectives arrested 27-year-old Joe Xuereb, believed to live nearby, after the women were critically injured on Sunday.

Officers were called at 12.10pm to find the women, aged 64 and 30, suffering from devastating injuries "consistent with a violent assault", Scotland Yard said.

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Police talk to residents in Adderley Gardens, New Eltham, after a woman and her daughter were attacked (John Stillwell/PA)

In a statement on Monday, S&P Global said: "We are extremely shocked and saddened by the senseless attack on one of our employees, Ania Gos, and her mother on Sunday afternoon.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends."

A spokesman would not discuss further what position she held, but a LinkedIn page described her as working in business support services for McGraw Hill Financial, a former name for the firm based in the east London financial district.

A man has been arrested in #Sidcup#Bexley on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder after two women were seriously assaulted in #Greenwich today - vital information from members of the public led officers to his location. https://t.co/YOJIpF82VSpic.twitter.com/SDK88wgxqm

-- Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 19, 2018

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